“My Recent Learnings” – Thoughts from the Network

Posted on Mar 26 2020

We recently reached out to coaches from all levels of the sport around Australia to ask them share any quotes, teaching points or concepts they have gleaned in recent times from other coaches, pod-casts or clinics. Here are some of the different things that have resonated with our coaching network. This is Part One of a three part series.

Paul Mellett – Director of Coaching, City of Sydney Basketball

Some quotes and learnings from the recent Virtual Coaches Clinic.

  • “There is no such thing as microwave success” – Dan Baker
  • “Bones over cones. Cones don’t move. Cones don’t hit back.” – Cody Toppert on the importance of 1 v 1 play in practice
  • “One band, on sound,” –Toppert on program ownership
  • “The biggest toughness drill you can do is holding players accountable” – Frank Martin

Ash Arnott – High Performance Coach, Basketball Victoria

  • “Find a way to struggle under desirable difficulty” – from the Chris Oliver clinic in Melbourne in January
  • “Beginners are open, experts are closed. Don’t be an expert, go into each day with a beginner’s mindset” – Don Meyer on continual learning

Annie LaFluer – Development Manager, FIBA Oceania

  • “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand” – on the importance of players get to play and explore in practice

Zoe Carr – High Performance Coach, Basketball Victoria

  • “You don’t need to finish on a ‘good possession’. We don’t have that opportunity win a game, so let it be messy and teach value of possessions” – Dr Tiff Jones
  • “Train people well enough so they can leave; treat them well enough so they don’t want to” – Sir Richard Branson

Jackie Brown – Head Coach, Queensland South Under 18 Women

  • “Everyone has two wolves inside them. A wolf that is responsible for fear, anger. anxiety and depression; and a wolf that is responsible for joy and happiness. Which wolf wins? The one you feed.” – David Parkin on building and maintaining relationships

Adam Forde – Assistant Coach, Sydney Kings NBL

From David Fizdale at a clinic at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, three points on building your program

  • Your vision – how do you think the game should be played?
  • Start accumulating your body of work. This is the information you need to build this vision
  • Be flexible enough to change when you’re wrong

Rod Tremlett – High Performance Manager, Basketball Northern Territory

  • “I think it’s become even more important with this generation of shouting praise and whispering criticism and finding the right way to teach and get those lessons across” – Mike Sotsky
  • “Choose what you want to be good at and be consistent with it. You can’t do everything every day but you can do some things every day. And those ‘some things’ that you every day is what your team is going to be good at” – Kelvin Sampson

Peter Lonergan – Director of High Performance Coach Development – Basketball Australia

  • “When you emphasis is always forward, forward, forward; you never stop to ask whether you’re going in the right direction” – Dan Heath from “Upstream”
  • “The program that can get the best out of its people is the team that ultimately wins titles, wins flags and wins cups,” – Nathan Buckley
  • “Coaching should be one of the least egocentric environments” – Olivier Goeteluck

Mike Kelly – Cairns Taipans Head Coach and 2019/2020 Coach of the Year

  • “Don’t take criticism from people you wouldn’t take advice from,” – Jeff Van Gundy
  • “When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.” – Brandon Payne on Pearson’s Law

Thanks to these coaches for their input. We have a number of other coaches sharing over the next couple of weeks and look forward to passing on some wisdom and learnings.

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