Dylan can nix this if he wants, but I thought this might be an interesting thread over the course of the season. I’m assuming there are other coaches on this board and I’d be interested to hear from everybody. I would also think coaches have some resources or tips to share or maybe they just want to share how they’re team is doing or just share some experiences they’ve had over the years.
A little background from me: I work in an elementary school in Toledo, OH. Unfortunately, our district went to a K-8 model about 10 years back and in the process, the district lost all their junior high and elementary teams. All leagues in the city are now pay-to-play. Luckily, I found a guy that runs a league for K-8 for the entire community that’s only $30 a kid and it operates out of my building. The K-6 students are divided into age groups (K/1, 2/3, 4-6) and practice at separate times. We mostly just focus on skill building for those age groups. They get divided up into 4-6 teams, depending on how many kids we have, and compete against each other. For the junior high kids, it operates more like a typical junior high team would. We practice a few nights a week and will be starting games here soon against other junior high kids in the city in a league offsite. It’s all volunteer run and the league is registered as a non-profit.
This is my second year helping out and my helping with the junior high kids. The other coaches have been doing it alot longer than me, so I’m just sitting back and being an assistant this year. I know the kids really well since I work in the building and that’s where most of the players come from. I’m also only 31 and all the other coaches are 50+, so I have a little better understanding of their generation. I don’t speak up too much in terms of organizing the practice or what plays and drills we should run, though I plan to take on a larger role in the future. I’m planning on keeping stats on the bench as well and hopefully be able to turn that into useful information for the kids and coaches.
I’ve found a few things to be useful in developing my personal philosophy on tactics. One, obviously is this site, with Dylan and Gibson and the other contributors providing alot of information. I also listen to High School Hoops and Coach Unplugged podcasts, which have been pretty useful, though I don’t subscribe to their website. I’ve read a couple basic books on drills.
Anybody have any books, sites, or other resources that they find useful? I’d also just love to hear how anybody got involved in coaching or what they enjoy most about it.