Questions for the group

Questions for the group

Post by Jim Robert » Wed, 29 May 2002 12:18:02


  Greetings all,

  I am a coach of a 10-u "B" ball team from the Chattanooga area with a
problem I hope some here will be able to help me with.

  Over the past 3-4 weeks my girls have gone downhill very rapidly, both on
offense and defense, due in part to having to play "lesser" teams in local
league tournaments.  I know, I know, "then don't play those types of
tournaments" you say, but it is not that easy.   There are extenuating(sp?)
circumstances so that I had to play in them, one was even our "home"
tourney.

  My questions are these;

 1)  What are some good drills to get the girls back into "fighting" shape,
both offensively and defensively?  I receive tips from e-teamz weekly and
will be going back threw them for some info, just wondering if any here
might be willing to pass on a gem or two.

 2)  With the heat of summer coming, what would be considered a good
progressive conditioning regiment for girls of this age?  I do not expect
them to be running marathon distances, my thoughts were to start with about
10 minutes per day of some good cardio-vascular exercises, running being a
good bit of it, and working up to 20 minutes over the next couple of weeks.
What do some of you other coaches do?

 3)  Anyone have a suggestion how to put a bit of aggressiveness into a
couple of the girls?  I am planning on replacing them at their current
positions to show them that they do not have a lock on it, but I was
wondering if there might be another way.

  Thanks in advance for any and all imput,
  Jim C Roberts

 
 
 

Questions for the group

Post by n.. » Thu, 30 May 2002 10:10:41

10U-B?  I'd say work at having some fun!  If you make the practices
"WORK", you'll lose kids at this age.  Keep practices fun and make
changes to the drills at least every 15-minutes.  If you can do six
different things in a 90-minute practice (other than stretching and a
little running), you'll have been successful with this age group.

I'd recommend a couple books:  "Positive Coaching" by Jim Thompson.
Great book.  No drills.  But will give you some ideas on how to handle
this age group and many other age groups.

Jeff Janssen wrote "Championship Team Building" and the "Peak
Performance Playbook" which go together very nicely. It's a great set
of exercises that are not "X and O" related.

If you want "X and O" type drills, look at the Judi Garmen book on the
FastSports web page (see below).  There is a whole chapter reprinted
on FastSports with permission from the publisher.  (There's an excerpt
from Jim Thompson's book too).

For drills there are several books, but most are aimed at older
athletes.  You may want to look at drills on Decatur Sports:
http://www.decatursports.com/softball_drills_page.htm and there are a
few more on FastSports: http://www.fastsports.com (look under coaching
tips).

Good luck with your team!

Vince Muehe
FastSports

On Mon, 27 May 2002 23:18:02 -0400, "Jim Roberts"

Quote:

>  Greetings all,

>  I am a coach of a 10-u "B" ball team from the Chattanooga area with a
>problem I hope some here will be able to help me with.

>  Over the past 3-4 weeks my girls have gone downhill very rapidly, both on
>offense and defense, due in part to having to play "lesser" teams in local
>league tournaments.  I know, I know, "then don't play those types of
>tournaments" you say, but it is not that easy.   There are extenuating(sp?)
>circumstances so that I had to play in them, one was even our "home"
>tourney.

>  My questions are these;

> 1)  What are some good drills to get the girls back into "fighting" shape,
>both offensively and defensively?  I receive tips from e-teamz weekly and
>will be going back threw them for some info, just wondering if any here
>might be willing to pass on a gem or two.

> 2)  With the heat of summer coming, what would be considered a good
>progressive conditioning regiment for girls of this age?  I do not expect
>them to be running marathon distances, my thoughts were to start with about
>10 minutes per day of some good cardio-vascular exercises, running being a
>good bit of it, and working up to 20 minutes over the next couple of weeks.
>What do some of you other coaches do?

> 3)  Anyone have a suggestion how to put a bit of aggressiveness into a
>couple of the girls?  I am planning on replacing them at their current
>positions to show them that they do not have a lock on it, but I was
>wondering if there might be another way.

>  Thanks in advance for any and all imput,
>  Jim C Roberts


 
 
 

Questions for the group

Post by Jim Robert » Thu, 30 May 2002 12:34:12

Quote:
> 10U-B?  I'd say work at having some fun!  If you make the practices
> "WORK", you'll lose kids at this age.

  Vince,

  First, thanks for your reply, I will check into the sites and books you
mentioned.

  Secondly,  I don't know where you play out of, but around here "B" ball
can be just as competitive as "A", sometimes worse.  This is due in part to
the way our local league is set up.  We have the choice to play "B" Select
or "B" Recreation.  The Select is allowed to recruit,(run ads in local
papers, contact players, etc.) while the Rec. teams are simply teams of
girls who sign-up at their local park.  This makes for some very competitive
teams.  Check out the e-teamz site and as far as I know all of the 10-u
teams listed are "B", atleast for now.  With the "A" World Series being here
in July alot of them are planning on playing in it, so they will have to
make the jump come State Tourney time.

  Thanks again for your reply,
  Jim C Roberts