Here are two legends of Australian Basketball Lindsay and Andrew Gaze. Their names are the first most people recall if you mention the Melbourne Tigers.
As I have written about before my son Mitchell plays in the Melbourne Tigers Under 18’s and is trained by Lindsay. One of the things I like to do is watch good coaches – coach. I’ve certainly learned more about the game of basketball from watching Lindsay in action. I’ve been fortunate to also watch other coaches like Nick Abdicevic or Nigel Purchase in action as well as they take skills sessions each Friday morning or coach high level representative teams.
All of these coaches have a philosophy that guides their actions in helping athletes “prepare, develop and improve their sporting performance” Special Olympics Coaching Guide
Probably my first tip for all coaches is to watch other coaches in action and ask what can I learn and use from this?
David Watson the director of the boys Melbourne Tigers club has asked me to support some of the coaches of the junior teams in strengthening their general coaching skills: that is coaching skills not specifically related to basketball.
I thought I’d write a series of posts on some of these general coaching skills using some general principles. This post was to set the context for these future articles.