Thoughts on Making Coaches Game Plan for Your Team

I have been fortunate to be able to get out and visit lots of different coaches at practices and games this season.

I am always interested to see how D1/D2/D3 coaches construct their practice, relate to their players and teach their players.

Here was a recent exchange that I had with a coach regarding a defensive tactic that they had recently implement:

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Coach,

I tried to take your general rotations/principles and apply it to a variety of offenses you may see. Would need to see it operate against a cutting/motion zone offense (especially one with some great pace).

My general philosophy is that the more teams have to game plan for you two things happen:

1. It takes time away from the opponent from working on their fundamentals (shooting, ballhandling, passing, etc.)
2. It makes the opponents players see the coaches concern…IT SHAKES THEIR CONFIDENCE!

These are PRICELESS!

Just my thoughts,

~Bert

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Subject: Re: 1-3-1 Amoeba Zone Playbook
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:00:18 +0000

I like that!  To be honest my thought process at this point with the amoeba vs 5 out was that we would get out of it. Only because I just started playing with it and hadn’t gotten there yet. Saturday’s game is against a 5 out team so I was aiming to play it for next weeks games, but this could change that.
One reason I wanted to look into this amoeba was that our 1-3-1 has been so good for us the last couple years and teams in our league are game planning the heck out it. This looks a bit like it to start and then different rotations. What do you think of that thought process
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On Feb 11, 2016, at 9:46 PM, Bert DeSalvo <desalvo99@hotmail.com> wrote:
Email 1:

Coach,

Check the 1-4 high rotation and 5-Out rotations…I know you didn’t get to this last night and I was just toying with these rotations.

~Bert

Email 1 Response:
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Coach DeSalvo,

I like that!  To be honest my thought process at this point with the amoeba vs 5 out was that we would get out of it. Only because I just started playing with it and hadn’t gotten there yet. Saturday’s game is against a 5 out team so I was aiming to play it for next weeks games, but this could change that.
One reason I wanted to look into this amoeba was that our 1-3-1 has been so good for us the last couple years and teams in our league are game planning the heck out it. This looks a bit like it to start and then different rotations. What do you think of that thought process?
Coach
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On Feb 11, 2016, at 10:09 PM, Bert DeSalvo <desalvo99@hotmail.com> wrote:

Email 2:

Coach,

I tried to take your general rotations/principles and apply it to a variety of offenses you may see. I would need to see it operate against a cutting/motion zone offense (especially one with some great pace).

My general philosophy is that the more teams have to game plan for you two things happen:

1. It takes time away from the opponent from working on their fundamentals (shooting, ballhandling, passing, etc.)
2. It makes the opponents players see the coaches concern…IT SHAKES THEIR CONFIDENCE!

These are PRICELESS!

Just my thoughts,

~Bert

Email 2 Response:
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Coach DeSalvo,
Good thoughts.  Especially the shaking of confidence, I so agree. I’ll tinker and let you know.
Thanks!
Coach
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 I have always thought that the more unique you can make your offense/defense/BLOB/Press Defense, etc. the more other teams will tend to prepare for you, which means that they will not be able to allocate as much time on themselves.
I also feel that the “pulse of the team” is a factor that cannot be understated. I have seen players not only get so much information regarding scouts and on-court sets, but also the way that coaches present it on the court or during film session can really shake a team’s confidence and make players second guess everything.
Coaches must be certain not to over prepare and build their opponents up too much. My guess is that the coach I was helping will run into this a bit, which may help them even more than the adjustment itself.
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