July 23, 2020 at 3:53 am #176347
@Jared Gilliland thanks for the thoughts regarding practice planning. In the program that I am transitioning from we would build our practice plan and have set times for each segment. For example, 20 minutes of transition and then would have 3-4 drills in the segment and plan for time that we would like to spend on each. However we would just put the 20 minutes on the clock for the entire transition segment. This allowed us some flexibility to stay on something longer if we needed to or move on quicker if we needed to. If a drill happens to go past the time on the clock we automatically had our manager put the time of the next segment on the clock and have it start to run.
Then we would move into the next segment, for example half court defense and have a set amount of time there as well for multiple drills. We found that this format gave us a lot of flexibility within a segment, but also kept us on task and hitting each segment that we valued as important (shooting, transition, half court defense, half court offense, situations, and some form of a controlled scrimmage). This past season we experimented with the order that we put the segments in practice and our players seemed to enjoy this as a nice change-up. Late in the year we were struggling to get stops to close quarters so we experimented with moving our defensive segment to the end of practice when our players were the most fatigued, but still had to find a way to grind out stops. It seemed to really benefit us.
We also had someone recommend that we post the practice plan so that the players could see it ahead of time and be more prepared. The thought that was given to us behind this concept was that today’s generation of athletes like to know what they can expect and that it alleviates a lot of the anxiety and tension that they feel about the unknown. We were torn on this as a staff as it is almost impossible to predict and know everything that will happen in a game and we felt like were taking away some of that preparation by allowing them to know exactly what to expect every day in practice. Curious if any of you have thoughts on this concept or have experimented with it?