Thursday, October 31, 2013

10 Ways to Improve High School Basktball

10 ways to improve HS basketball

Ways to bring back some excitement and create a higher level of play.  The way the game is going is getting hard to watch.   Let’s make the game more enjoyable for the fans and the players.  Attendance is going down everywhere.  Students aren’t coming out to watch games. Let’s get some fun back into the game.  Some of these you may think are crazy and out of the box but I want to get people to start thinking how to improve the game.

Let’s go in reverse order.

10.   HS coaches watch and learn from the NBA and less from college.  Talent is closer to the same in pros than in college.  Run more sets than college.  The defense is more like high school because of the talent is closer.  Plus the pros  do a ton of skill work drills and concepts that make players better.  Their use of stats and charts is also very impressive and can help at the high school level.

9.       On a timeout move the ball from under the basket to the half line as they do in the NBA.  Nothing is better and more exciting than a buzzer beater. 

8.  Go back to the jump ball on all tie ups. This will add a little excitement back into the game and a little strategy.

 7. Time outs called only on dead ball or after a basket. Stops the timeout to halt a jump ball when  the defense makes someone pick it up.  Make players learn how to play.

6.  Play games only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Stop the Monday and Thursday  games.  Play games at 7 or 7:30. The new thing to start a varsity game at 6:00 to help kids come to the game so they can get home to study is false.  I hate to break this to administration but kids are not staying away from games because they have a test the next day. Tournament games may need to be played on Mondays but let’s try to do away with that. 

5.  Tougher review of referees. Well this will be a little controversial but refereeing is not getting better.  The whole rating system should be thrown out the window.  Most coaches give a 3 to everyone because they are afraid if they down grade someone it will get held against them.  My solution is to have ex-coaches rate officials and have them rated more than once.  And if they are not doing a good job then they don’t get varsity games. 

4.  Take the number of classes down!  I grew up in the great state of Illinois where basketball is really played. (That should get people fired up.)  The 2 class system worked great and it was easy to follow.  The state has now gone to 4 classes and I can’t tell who is in what class. The less classes brings some great matchups into play and gets more of a true champion.  If we take it down to 4 classes we can have all classes play on Friday and Saturday at the state tournament. While I am on this,  why do this Thursday – Saturday format MSHAA?  Does it really promote the game?  I also propose have a girls weekend and a boys weekend. 

3.  Coaches involved with kids more not less.  Year round and 8th graders.  The rule states  that high school staffs cannot work with 8th graders.  It is one of the dumbest rules of many dumb rules the state has.  So I can work with 7th graders in my district but once they are 8th graders I have to stop until school is out.  Wow makes no sense.  That 8th grade year is the year that propels a player to one of his greatest growths as a player.  Working with the high school staff prepares the player for high school.  They get high level coaching that will improve play overall. And don’t give me that recruiting garbage, it is like a beagle chasing a rabbit with all the recruiting that is going on in the state now.

 2.  Less charges more hand checks.   Coaches are teaching players to just jump in and fall down and you will get the call. Referees love to come running out from under the basket and make that dramatic charge call. (Also I love the tough guy face some refs do when they make a call. Laughable!)  All of this is taking away the ability for kids to finishing at the basket and more importantly will get people hurt.

Now on to hand checks and the way is getting played.  The grabbing and bumping of the offensive players is a disgrace.  It takes away from the skill of the game.  I know for a fact that coaches say “they won’t call everything”.  The rule is illegal contact when a defensive player uses his hand or arms to control a player.  2 hands on a player or jamming a forearm or hand on a player should be called a foul.  This is what the rule book says but referees refuse to call it. They say “no one wants us to call everything.” Well if you call it players will stop doing it and coaches will stop teaching it. The game is made to play with flow not grabbing.

And Number 1

 The Shot clock- This one for some reason seems to draw the most controversy but should be the one that everyone is behind.  High school basketball is the only organized basketball that doesn’t use a shot clock. College, pro and international basketball all use at the highest level.  The most popular reasons against it are cost, people running it, and the always popular it will stop the underdog from pulling the upset.  Let’s talk about cost.  I see all these football stadiums with turf but we can’t buy 2 clocks.  And for the smaller schools have a fund raiser.  The more states that use the shot clock the price will go down. People running the clock. I love when people say it is too hard for someone to do run during a game.  So you can teach my son but you are not smart enough to hit a button to start, stop, reset!   Now for the ever popular underdogs will never win.  My question is they do now?  I looked at last year’s state championship starting at the semi-finals. Of 20 schools guess how many had fewer than 20 wins. A grand total of 2.  So I went back and looked at the quarterfinal in each class and how many there were under 20 wins. A total of 5. (Mcluer North, Grandview, Scott County Central, Normandy, and Lutheran North) Normandy and Lutheran North went to final four.  Of those none are truly underdogs.  I guess there is never an upset in March Madness because they use a clock.  This underdog argument is a big lie.

Why do it? Let’s get some action into the game.  Holding the ball puts people asleep.  It doesn’t help the game move forward and it doesn’t help kids prepare for the college game.  If you think a game, 35-30 is fun to watch, you are delusional.  Anything that promotes scoring and tempo I want to see.  I will give you only do it for varsity games.  But let’s do something.







Play vs 2-3 zone

This is a Tom Izzo play.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MY NBA Preview or Suck for a Jayhawk!

My NBA preview or what we can call who is Sucking for a Jayhawk and who an beat the Heat.
I will rank the teams from 30-1 with a little sentence about each.
So here we go!
The Really Bad Teams!
30- Philadelphia- A true suck for a buck or in this case suck for a Jayhawk. Their coach just said they have only 5 NBA players on the roster and 1 won’t play till February (Nerlens Noel).
29- Suns- Out of sight out of mind.
28- Orlando- Anytime you draft a 2 guard and say he is going to try and play point that is a recipe for disaster.
27- Toronto- Just a team that will be bad. They some light at the end of the tunnel.
26- Charlotte call us Bobcats or Hornets- The whatever they are called this year do have some players. I had them ranked worse but the more I look at them the better they got. Kemba Walker had a good season. They spent money on Al Jefferson, who will be a 20/10 guy. I like the Zeller pick. Kidd Gilchrist can’t shoot a lick so does he make the jump and a jump shot and get better and make something besides a dunk. He does defend and is a team guy. They will be better but still in the lottery.
25- The Sacramento Boogie’s- This is Demarcus Cousins team. Enough said. Hopefully Ben Mclemore won’t be tarnished by this situation.
24-Boston- This team lost 2 best players and their coach. Hired a college guy that will do well and basically said we are going to be bad if we really bad the better.
23-Jazz- The best young team in the west. When I mean young, I mean with no star older than 24. Hayward is 24, Kantor is 21, Favors is 23. With Trey Burk and Alec Burks they have young swing guys. Too bad they have the first coach that will be fired this year. Jabari Parker is Mormon. Interesting to see if he comes out and if they try and trade up to get him?

Best chance for a fight to break out during a timeout.
22- Lakers- Steve Blake, Nic Young, Chris Kaman, Shawn Williams, Jodie Meeks. These are your LA Lakers. Do the trade Gasol? When does Kobe come back? Does Kobe punch Nic Young in the face? They could be really bad.
Team likely to move
21. Bucks- Just good enough to make the playoffs but never good enough to make a run. Look for the bucks to be rumored to move to Seattle
The teams that could be 6th through 8th seeds but chases are they won’t be.
20 & 19- Dallas & Hawks- 2 teams with stars (Dirk and Horford) but going nowhere.
The young teams that could make the playoffs
18 &17- Cleveland, Pelicans- Anthony Davis had a great preseason and they went all in on their draft day trade.
Now the playoff teams:
-16,15,14 Minnesota , Wizards, Portland- A full season of Kevin Love helps Minnesota back it. Beal has been killing in the preseason. Wall has a big contract and wants to be a top point guard. Otto Porter is off to a terrible start. The fans are already calling him a bust and after the summer league performance they may be right.
Portland is a 7 seed in the west.
13. Denver takes a big step. If a team falls out of the playoffs it could be them.
12. The NEW YORK KNICKS- All caps because they think they are that important. Melo is talking free agency already. He will score in bunches but they guard as well as a blind guard dog.
11. Pistons- They are exciting and will make the biggest improvement of anyone.
10. Grizzlies- The window is closing. I wonder if they try trade for a shooter because their failure to make s jump shot killed them in the playoffs last year.
9. Golden State- The opposite of the Grizzlies. They shoot better than anyone. Curry ready to have those games were you talk about it the next day.
Teams if things go right could win the title:
8. Houston- So does Dwight Howard workout? Does Harden keep getting better? How soon does Howard roll his eyes when Harden and Parsons shoot 3’s on 5 straight possessions and don’t pass it to him?
7. Brooklyn- 87 million over the cap and have a coach that has never coached before anywhere. Team is built for the playoffs if those old bones get there healthy. Not sold on the Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce working together.
6. Clippers- Well Doc rivers ran away from Boston and has his hand-picked team. Does Griffin turn into more KG or stay Shawn Kemp?
The Contenders:
5. Indy- The Legend is back running the team. The upgraded their bench .dramatically. Sciola better than Hansbrough. They got shooting with Copeland. And more importantly they are not scared of the Heat.
4. OKC- Westbrook is out 6 more weeks. This will cause Durant to have a wild year. With Westbrook out Durant will average 38 pts. for the first 6 weeks and be the leading candidate for MVP. Do they make a trade for someone?
3. Spurs- The last go round for these guys. They play the game at such a high level can they get to the finals 1 more time.
2. Bulls – He’s back! Derrick Rose is back and looks better than ever. They have the pieces that can give the champs trouble. Bigs, athletic 3’s and Derrick Rose.
The Champs
1.Heat- They have the best player in the game. They have a top 25 player ever in the “I ain’t done yet mode!” They have also will play 300+ games by this year finals

1. Kevin Durant
2. Derrick Rose
3. Lebron James

1. Bulls vs. Spurs
Rose vs. Parker. Thibs vs. Pops. Duncan goes off into the sunset a champion!

Arizona Pick Play.

This play is great to get the ball inside!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Shooting Drill

New shooting drill I found. This accomplishes a lot of things.

Repetition is not a form of punishment. Repetition is the oldest and most successful way to learn.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

You can't tell how much a mule can pull until you load it up! Bear Bryant

Monday, October 21, 2013

What is it all about....

Well about will this blog be about? First this is my first experience writing a blog and doing anything in the use of this technology. It will be a lot about the best game in the world, BASKETBALL. It will be basketball at the high school, college and pro level. It will also from time to time talk about other sports. It will also have happenings in my life that concern sports and just living my life day to day. I hope you enjoy reading it and it makes you think.