“That’s a Foul!”
Basketball NSW Coaches Newsletter
Issue: October 2004
Email : email@example.com Blue Star AllStar Camp an outstanding success!
Take 180 athletes, 30 coaches, 30 referees and lock
them up in a stadium for two days to train and play
Spring time is here! over 45 games, and you have the U/14 Blue Star
Welcome to the October edition of "That's a Foul." AllStar Camp. Talk about a feast of basketball!
Although the competition season is over, there are Bankstown Basketball Stadium was the venue for a
still a lot of basketball events occurring in the State. great weekend of development for players, referees
With various Allstar camps, Country tour trials, and coaches last month. The AllStar concept sees
Metro Development Program and the U/14 TAP players representing all parts of NSW come together
camp (just to name a few events) all happening or in to train and then play games to put into practise what
the planning, the rest of the year is sure to fly! they learn in training.
Editorial – Married to the game! On the other side, young up and coming referees are
I thought the picture below sums up a basketball groomed by their coaches and learn various aspects
coach's ultimate lifestyle… to be able to mix about what it takes to become a better referee.
basketball and a relationship (and/or marriage). We
are not sure if it is the lady or the gentleman who is a All in all, the weekend was a fantastic show with
coach, however both must be very understanding! everyone learning a great deal and having a great
time. Below is an email that Basketball NSW
Many a coach often gets too caught up with their received which I think sums up the weekend:
basketball (or work) and often neglects the other
pleasures in life. "My son attended the Blue Star Camp on the
weekend at Bankstown and I would like to pass on
Finding the "right mix" in one's life is crucial. For my congratulations at how well this weekend is
99.9% of coaches in Australia, coaching basketball is organised and what a great opportunity you have
not a way of earning an income. Coaches in Australia offered these talented basketballers.
coach for fun and enjoyment. As such, coaches need
to be realistic about their coaching. While one can be My son, did not make the TAP camp, and although
serious in the way they go about their coaching, obviously very disappointed is keen to work on the
coaches should remember to not take their coaching areas that made him not eligible for this camp.
too seriously. After all, it is only a game!
Reading the report from his coach, again
congratulations, My son had a great time with him -
The coach made only positive points, which is great,
the only thing negative was that he needed to work
on his left hand.
He will be trying out for the Metro team and if he has
some areas to work on I think he may go with a little
Thank you for your interest in these kids"
"A pleased parent"
PS. If anyone knows of a lovely lady such as the one
pictured why not drop us a line at "That's a Foul"
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The athlete may lack the knowledge needed to
Article of the month understand what you are trying to communicate
The athlete may lack the motivation to listen to you
Talk the athlete's language or to convert the information given into action
The coach may have difficulty in expressing what
if you wish to communicate she/he wishes to say to the athlete
Emotions may interfere in the communication
(This article, written by Brian Mackenzie, appeared There may be a clash of personality between you and
in Issue 5 of the Successful Coaching Newsletter.) the athlete
These blocks to communication work both ways and
Communication is the art of successfully sharing coaches need to consider the process of
meaningful information with people by means of an communication carefully.
interchange of experience. Coaches wish to motivate
the athletes they work with and to provide them with
information that will allow them to train effectively
and improve performance. Communication from the Before communicating with an athlete, coaches
coach to athlete will initiate appropriate actions. This should consider:
however, requires the athlete to not only receive the • WHY they want to communicate
information from the coach but also to understand • WHO they wish to communicate with
and accept it. • WHERE and WHEN the message could
Coaches need to ask themselves: best be delivered
• Do I have the athlete's attention ? • WHAT is it that they want to communicate
• Am I explaining myself in an easily • HOW they are going to communicate the
understood manner ? information
• Has the athlete understood ? Effective communication contains six elements:
• Does the athlete believe what I am telling
him/her ? Clear: Ensure that the information is presented
• Does the athlete accept what I am saying ? clearly
Concise: Be concise, do not lose the message by
Non-verbal messages Correct: Be accurate, avoid giving misleading
At first, it may appear that face-to-face information
communication consists of taking it in turns to speak. Complete: Give all the information and not just part
While the coach is speaking the athlete is expected to of it
listen and wait patiently until the coach finishes. On Courteous: Be polite and non-threatening, avoid
closer examination it can be seen that people resort to conflict
a variety of verbal and non-verbal behaviour in order Constructive: Be positive, avoid being critical and
to maintain a smooth flow of communication. Such negative
behaviour includes head-nods, smiles, frowns, bodily
contact, eye movements, laughter, body posture,
language and many other actions. The facial
expressions of athletes provides feedback to the When coaches provide information to the athlete,
coach. Glazed or down turned eyes indicate boredom which will allow them to take actions to effect
or disinterest, as does fidgeting. Fully raised change, it is important that they provide the
eyebrows signal disbelief and half raised indicate information in a positive manner. Look for
puzzlement. Posture of the group provides a means something positive to say first and then provide the
by which their attitude to the coach may be judged information that will allow the athlete to effect a
and act as pointer to their mood. Control of a group change of behaviour or action.
demands that a coach should be sensitive to the
signals being transmitted by the athletes. Their faces Conclusion
usually give a good indication of how they feel, and a Coaches should:
good working knowledge of the meaning of non- • Develop their verbal and non-verbal
verbal signals will prove invaluable to the coach. communication skills
Communication blocks • Ensure that they provide positive feedback
Difficulties in communicating with an athlete may be during coaching sessions
due a number of issues including the following: • Give all athletes in their training groups
The athlete's perception of something is different to equal attention
yours • Ensure that they not only talk to their
The athlete may jump to a conclusion instead of athletes but they also listen to them as well
working through the process of hearing, Improved communication skills will enable both the
understanding and accepting athlete and coach to gain much more from their
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Don’t underestimate “the flow” anchors may not necessarily correct shooting
Richard Knighton technique it develops confidence and allows the shot
Chelsea Basketball to flow. I think if you can develop good rhythm in
your shot it is always possible to make alterations if
There are various methods used to reinforce shooting required.
action, the method of lock and snap and BEEF to
name a couple. Lock and snap is a popular teaching Richard Knighton
point in a lot of associations, lock the elbow and snap Head Coach/Assistant Administrator
the wrist for good follow through. BEEF relates more Chelsea Gulls Basketball
to the starting stance than shot execution Balance, "FLY WITH PASSION"
Eyes, Elbows, Follow Through. Just recently a well ………………………………………………………
established colleague emailed me an article “fixing
what’s wrong with shooting” by shooting Doctor Thoughts for the Month
Tom Nordland. Comparable to all other material the
teachings are absolutely revolutionary, although it "Players know how to dribble, shoot and pass. The
challenges conventional wisdom it makes sense. The challenge is to teach them why they should do it a
basic teaching points are as follows: certain way, and when they should do it."
Face up to the basket, right leg slightly up - in
alignment with forearm and eyes (traditionally most "I thank my teammates for letting them blow by
coaches teach shooting out of a square stance, the them."
problem being the lead foot, forearm and eyes are at Alonzo Morning (on winning the Defensive Player
different angles to the basket) of the Year Award)
Start off in a lower stance and shoot using the legs. "The best teams have chemistry. They communicate
Referred to as “up force” with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for
the common goal."
Starting in a lower stance promotes good arch and Dave DeBusschere
eases tension in the upper body allowing the shot to
flow. "When I was coaching, the one thought that I would
try to get across to my players was that everything I
“The Flow” do each day, everything I say, I must first think what
Getting the shot to flow or developing a good rhythm effect it will have on everyone concerned."
is an art form in itself. Whilst all the previously Frank Layden
mentioned methods develop good shooting technique
they do not adequately use triggers and anchors as "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the
learning tools for players to develop rhythm. I have chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness,
used the following method with good results. concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There
is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills
Triggers - key words that reinforce shooting countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment
technique ie. legs, through one definitely commits oneself, then Providence
moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that
Anchors - used for positive reinforcement ie. net, never otherwise would have occurred. A whole
swish stream of events issues from the decision raising in
ones favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and
Using the Tom Nordland teaching points player (A) meetings and material assistance which no man
begins to shoot from 2 feet with 3 minutes on the could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever
clock. Once they are starting to develop a good you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has
rhythm I say the words legs, through, net just loudly genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
enough so they can hear. Legs - get the legs in to the Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
shot; through - keys in the follow thorough, net -
positive reinforcement when the shot goes in (assume Dr. Tactics
every shot will go in). I now request at this point that If you have a player that is a poor free throw shooter
the player uses these triggers and anchors as their on the line with 2 secs left in a 1 point game, make
internal dialogue if you like, every time they shoot sure you have them fake injury so that you can sub
the ball. on your good free throw shooter!
Mental conditioning is equally as important as the L's Loose Lips
physical execution. It also provides players with a Which young coach is moving fast up the coaching
good learning tool when they are practicing without ranks and is tipped to be the next big thing? He/ she
access to a coach. Whilst the use of triggers and has already proved that one State is not big enough to
hold him/ her!
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Controversy Corner/ Editorial - Feedback having said that I don't believe it is offensive or
"That's a Foul" posed the following question last promotes negative coaching philosophies. If you
month: "Is coaching an Art or a Science?" really want to consider changing it perhaps some
We did not get many replies however our great 'Through the net'
debate regarding the title of this newsletter continues 'Swish'
to rage! 'Above the rim'
'From the coaching box'
Check out the following responses: 'Coaching works'
…………………………………………… Just another request if you know of any quality
Hi Brett, coaches, teams or players touring Europe perhaps
they may want to extend their visit to Manchester
here's the vote from the Irish jury............keep the England where we lack quality or regular coaching
name the same!!!!! clinics and workshops as well as good role models
that can advise players what it takes to reach the top.
It's probably the most used phrase during a
basketball game as coaches, players and spectators
all get into the game. Of course we should show Regards
respect to refs but I ref as well as coach and am still Julie (UK)
playing and I feel no negativity about the title. I think ………………………………………………………
it would be a shame to change it. Ok that's my take Congratulations on the recent editions of "Thats a
on the title business. Foul". The articles are informative and helpful to
coaches at all levels. The articles I have been
Keep up the great work I'm starting my u16's this interested in reading are the responses to the name
coming Sunday and am looking forward to using a of the newsletter.
lot of the drills you have had in the last couple of
emails If people are taking offense to the title of the
newsletter, then I don't think they have better things
Cheers to do. It would not matter what title you call it,
Sean Wynne (Ireland) someone would come up with an objection to it and
like the old saying "YOU CAN'T PLEASE
P.S. what happened at the Olympics ? - I thought the EVERYONE".
Aussie team would have done a lot better - I was
telling everyone to look out for them! But the I am sure the main purpose of the newsletter is to get
Dream Team being well beaten into third place has informative information across to coaches of all
made everyone who didn't already know, realise that levels from beginners to the more experienced
basketball is truly a world game!! coaches at state and national level.
Why not ask the referees who ref games at all levels
I always wondered about the name. Now I get it. You are THEY OFFENDED BY THE NAME. I am sure
never seem to be able to please referee's no matter the answer would be no.
what you do, I assume they are the ones complaining.
I remember putting a caption, I thought funny and If you listen to coaches in a game they say a lot more
witty about a xmas function and the referee's got all than "that's a foul ref" during the coarse of a game. I
upset about it, no sense of humour. am sure the refs are thick skinned enough not to
worry about it and I am sure overall the coaches do
I really liked "where's my whiteboard" , that sounds not say it more than anything else they say during a
like a great catchy name for a coaches newsletter, game.
that is, unless you are a whiteboard.
What if the referees newsletter was called "NOT
Keep up the good work, I look forward to my read, NOW COACH" I am sure someone would take
no matter what it's called. offense to that too, but overall it is only a small part
Kim Pick of the overall newsletter and means nothing in the
…………………………………………………….. context of what the newsletter is all about.
Julie here from the UK - another great issue of In reply to this month's controversy corner question.
That's a Foul! in todays sports, and it does not matter which sport
you look at, it is both a science and an art.
In regards to the name of the newsletter it does give
a negative connotation if you are new age sensitive With the way in which sport has progressed over the
person and perhaps it isn't politically correct but years there are lot more resources available to help
athletes and coaches to make better players and
coaches better at what they do and how they do it.
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If you look back at sport during the last twenty years, 4. Conditioning: It is my opinion that the teams
there has been much progress made on the way the which play Central Venues have an advantage at the
athletes go about there way of preparing for Country and State Championships in that they are
training, games and tournaments. used to at least three games on a weekend. This is
both a physical and a mental thing. Lots of times I
The same can be said about coaches as they have the have seen sides from Central Venue Leagues lose the
back up of staff like trainers, physios and medical first game of the weekend but get stronger over the
staff who can keep them informed of the most up to course of the weekend because they are used to it.
date techniques and technology.
5. Practice: Kids playing high school basketball in
Like any sport, basketball has much to offer to the the US practice 4 days a week and play once or
newest coach in the ranks to the much experienced twice. Here it seems the ratio is one game, once
coach as we are always learning as things change practice. With a Central Venue you have a weekend
everyday. Also every coach is different and every to play and three to practice. The kids get games in
athlete is different so the way they go about coaching the mean time to keep them interested in local and
and playing will be different and it requires an art school comps.
and sciences to get the job done.
6. Elite Athletes: I do not accept that elite athletes
Jeff Cooper are lost with the Central Venues system at all. What
Penrith Coach and now part time player. better way to spend a weekend? Ditch the oldies
…………………………………………………….. (unless you are one of the unlucky ones who has
In response to the query by Tom Richards about Mom and Dad coaching or managing), go with your
Central Venues I offer the following: mates to play some ball, check out the chicks and
If Tom is talking about Central Venues in the old hang out together. It doesn't get much better than
"Conference" set up then he may have some valid that. I don't see a lot of bored kids. I do see the elite
concerns. At one stage our local Conference was kids from different Associations renewing friendships
down to a very few weekends per year and I could after the battle.
see that if that was all the basketball the kids got they
would be lost to other sports. If he is referring to the As for spare time for elite kids in basketball-there
Junior League system which has evolved in the isn't any. Those spare weekends they have all
Country areas of NSW then I believe: disappeared. They are at ITC Camps, State Training
Camps and who knows what else. Basketball NSW
1. Distances-it is just too far in Country Areas to has trouble fitting it all in. The biggest complaint I
drive for one game of kids' basketball. I appreciate hear from the parents of an elite kid is: "My kid
that some people may want to drive x hours to play needs a break, he hasn't had a weekend off for x
one game of basketball and then drive back but I months."
don't. The Southern Junior League was founded on a
philosophy that we would play Central Venues once 7. It favours bigger Associations: This I accept as a
a month and then stay home and practice on the problem. The longer the weekend goes there is more
other three weekends a month. Parents, coaches, kids likelihood of injury. I accept that. You need at least 7
give up the one weekend and then stay home for good kids to compete (and that is cutting if very fine).
three (somehow much of the three has disappeared The bigger Associations can roll out 10 and the
for other basketball). smaller ones struggle to find 7 and coaches do a lot
of work on some kids without much talent to try and
2. Families-If you do not have the support of families make them into a Number 7 who can cope. Still you
you are going to struggle. Many of our families have have to balance it all out.
several children playing. They like to see child A
play at 2:00 and then child B at 3:30. They cannot do 8. Atmosphere: When you pull a lot of teams together
that if you split them and child B is three hours away. it makes for a much better atmosphere. I have
coached one year where the teams weren't lumped
3. Coaching: I know that nearly every coach on the together and it was quiet and boring.
Southern League has the same viewpoint: "Don't
bother coaching for some specific opponent during 9. Referees: It is much easier to cross pollinate your
the year. Teach your kids the fundamentals. If they referees with different age groups and standards
have the fundamentals they can handle whatever is with all the refs together rather that two at venue A,
thrown at them and if they don't have good two at venue B, two at venue C etc.
fundamentals it doesn't matter what you do as a
coach-it isn't going to work." I suspect (but don't It is for those reasons (and maybe some other ones I
really know for sure that teams that play one game have not thought of) the Southern Junior League has
per week coach for an opponent-we don't in the been playing Central Venues since the early 1990s.
South) Tom Pottenger
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……………………………………………………… Just want to give you some feedback.
The idea that the Title "That's a foul" is a clever
joke reminds me of the Homer Simpson line As a coach in the premier women division of the VBL
when he sees a car accident in traffic school. competition in Victoria I really enjoy getting the
"That's funny because I don't know him." "That's monthly That's a Foul. I find it very informative.
a foul" is funny because referees are a
subspecies of humans that don't deserve any Thank you
respect. Adam Rieusset
I'm sorry about overreacting. The key thing is Controversy Corner Question for October
that the Newsletter itself is very good. There is a Coaches always perform very poorly in tipping
lot of very good stuff in it and you should be competitions. Why is that?
proud of how it has come out. There is plenty of …………………………………………………….
great information for all levels and it is a great Resource Review
forum for the coaches of the state. As I have Dunked (Book)
said before I wish I could have done as well 20 By Al Ramsay
years ago. I still think it would be better with a ISBN: 0-646-43826-3 (Paragon Printers)
different title but then maybe I should be happy
that the title isn't "That's a foul, You f&#king Dunked covers every aspect, all personalities are
idiot." evaluated, all successes and failures analysed and all
developments chronicled. It covers every aspect of
I can think of a thousand titles that are better
basketball in this country including administration,
than "That's a foul" but here are just a few:
international competitions, coaching, refereeing,
- Time Out
junior and womens basketball, the A. I. S. all major
- Get on the Line
competitions as well as the history of each State
- NO, NO - Nice shot
Association. Most of this has never been written
- Please guard somebody today
before. The appendices contain some 2,000 names of
- I'm sure the Stadium is around here
all players and officials who have represented
Australia in International Competition as well as the
- The other guys wouldn't mind touching the ball
results of all National and International competitions.
- You can't shoot a bullet through a man, Why
The Author is an expert in basketball as he has been
are you trying to pass a basketball through one
heavily involved with our sport since 1955 when he
- I think I heard this all at one 60 second time
became NSW Secretary, followed by Australian
out. Plenty of titles here.
Secretary 1963-1977. He created the Oceania
We need a stop, see the ball and man, fight Basketball Confederation 1967 and was Secretary
over the screens, be aware of the post, be General for 30 years and President for a further 5. He
aware of their shooters, call out the switches, has been very closely involved with the International
don't foul, help on the weak side, block out, we Basketball Federation for more than 30 years in a
need all 5 on the glass, hit the outlet, run the wide variety of Committees as well as its Governing
break, fill the lanes, keep your head up, find the Board and its Executive. He has attended 11
trailer, hit the open man, use the ball, set some Olympics and many more world basketball
good screens, run the offence, don't stand, we championships of all kinds and so his history goes on
need a score, don't over dribble, penetrate and and on!
dish, look to the post, move without the ball, get
the ball inside, be ready to shoot when you Websites of the Month
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On the subject of the lost art of medium range anything in basketball you should be able to find it
jump shooting. Isiah Thomas said it best when here!
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Thanks for your efforts,
Eric Claus It is a very interesting read. To subscribe to this
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Coaching Tips - Odds and ends! Player Self-Evaluation Sheets
Following are some quick coaching points that you
may find helpful. Many Associations and coaches have finished
coaching in competitions for the year. However
Two Factors to Shooting Well many are also looking towards the 2005 season, with
A player needs two elements to shoot well (1) proper many Associations conducting trials.
alignment - all body parts line up with the basket and
(2) judgment - how hard, how far and when to make
A Playing Tip: The most consistent shooters use a
compact movement, they use the same muscles and a
limited amount of muscles each time they make a
Rebounding Positions. Ideal Position - under the
basket on the side opposite the shooter... Longer
shots - means longer rebounds, defenders should Have you ever thought of what qualities you would
adjust their positions accordingly... Angled Shots - like your players to have? The list below shows some
shots from a certain angle usually mean the ball will qualities that coaches may look for in a player:
come off at the same angle on the other side... Corner
Shots - come off at little or no angle and are either 1. Basketball instinct.
long or short... On Every Shot - take a position in an 2. Attention to details.
open area... To avoid jumping over the opponent, 3. Ability to follow instructions.
take a position in an open area instead of behind an 4. Alertness.
opponent. 5. Aggressiveness.
Rebounding Angles. Best Angle - under the basket 6. Individual defensive ability.
at a 45 degree angle from the baseline... Next Best 7. Team defensive ability.
Angle - right in front of the basket, at a 90% angle 8. Individual offensive ability.
from the baseline. This angle is very good for shots 9. Team offensive ability.
taken in the center of the court... Good Angle - just 10. Rebounding ability.
off the baseline." 11. Shooting ability.
12. Shot selection.
Dribbling under Extreme Pressure. Feet - take a 13. Ability to penetrate.
quick step backward, then use either a "Change of 14. Desire for the game.
Direction Dribble" or "Speed Dribble' to separate 15. Physical condition.
from the defense.... Head - up... Eyes - looking for a 16. Selflessness.
pass to an open teammate. 17. Dribbling ability.
18. Passing ability.
19. Catching ability.
21. Straightaway speed.
23. Leaping ability.
24. Work ethic.
26. Ability to get along with teammates.
A good exercise to carry out with your players is to
have them rate themselves (ratings of 4 for excellent,
3 for good, 2 for fair, and 1 for poor should be
Many times a coach will find that players are
downgrading themselves. Other players may have an
exaggerated opinion of themselves. Through
individual talks, the coach may be able to help the
players evaluate themselves realistically.
Question: What qualities (not listed above do you
look for in a player?
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Basketball NSW Coaches Newsletter
Drills of the Month 3 pointers (in 2 minutes)
This month we feature the
competitions that are
completed by all athletes
in the Basketball Australia
Intensive Training Centre
program (ITCP). These
completed 3 times per
year (however you could
most likely test your
children more if you
Time limit is 2 minutes.
- Elbow to elbow
- 3 pointers in 2 mins (solo)
The athlete takes a three point shot and rebounds
- 1 bounce jumpshots
their own shot.
- 3 pointers in 5 mins (partner)
- Free throws
The next shot is taken from anywhere outside of the
three point line.
Elbow to elbow (in 1 minute)
U/14 players make their attempts from one metre
inside the three point line and U/12 players as much
as three metres inside the line.
The athlete continues until the two minutes has
The shooter should work in partnership with another
player whose only involvement is to count shots
made in the two minutes aloud.
1 bounce jumpshots
Time limit of one minute.
Personnel.... 1 shooter, 2 rebounders, two balls.
Shooter starts on the elbow as diagrammed with the
ball in the ready position. Set shots or jump shots
may be taken.
Two rebounders wait under the basket, one ready to
rebound the first shot and the other ready to pass to
the shooter for the second shot.
Shooter attempts the shot and moves quickly to the Time limit of five minutes.
other elbow, with each shot to be attempted from the
opposite elbow to the previous shot. From the three designated positions, shoot 10 one-
bounce jump shots, 5 going right and 5 going left.
Rebounders are to pass as the shooter nears the next
shooting position. Women start one metre outside the three point line
while men start two metres outside the three point
Rebounders are to count made shots aloud. line.
U/14 players are to start on the three point line. U/12
players are to start one to two metres inside the three
point line (tape marked on floor).
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The shooter is to rebound their own shots and reset Cramping Your Style
on the designated starting point before attempting the By Dr. Gordon S. Lynch
Anyone who has suffered a severe cramp will
Both cross over and onside moves may be used. remember the pain. So how can we avoid cramps?
Record baskets made from each position.
Muscle cramps are painful, involuntary contractions
3 pointers (in 5 minutes - partner) that occur during or straight after exercise. While
they are more common in endurance athletes,
especially those involved in long-distance running,
most people who experience them don’t have any
specific muscle disorder that predisposes them to
What causes cramping?
The cause of muscle cramping is not well
understood. At the turn of the last century, some
suggested muscle cramps were more common in
people working in hot and humid environments, such
as workers in steamships and mines. This led to the
theory cramps were due to some disturbance in the
fluid electrolytes that bathe our muscles.
Time limit of 5 minutes. Normal game rules apply to But while the electrolyte and dehydration theories
the scoring of three point shots. The shooter should remain popular, these explanations have generally
have only one rebounder. been dismissed by researchers. It’s now believed
cramping occurs when there is some disturbance to
The athlete takes 50 three point shots from the 5 the nervous system that controls each muscle
designated floor spots, taking 10 only from each spot contraction.
(spots 1 and 5 - anywhere below the foul line, spots 2
and 4 - foul line extended, spot 3 - basket to basket). Tired and tight
There are a number of factors that can increase the
Rebounder calls the score after each shot risk of cramps occurring. Muscle fatigue is a major
(eg. 0 of 1, 0 of 2, 1 of 3). contributor so it is essential adequate rest periods
follow strenuous training sessions to allow muscles
The range of the shot attempts may be moved in one to recover fully. Tired muscles simply don’t perform
metre for U/14 players and as much as three metres well and cramping is often an indication that a person
for U/12 players BUT should this be required: has been overtraining.
a) the shooting spots should be taped.
In other cases, poor stretching technique is thought to
Free Throws contribute to muscle cramps. Cramps are also more
likely to occur when a muscle contracts in a
shortened (i.e. flexed) position.
Passively stretching an affected muscle will usually
relieve the muscle cramp. This is because stretching
overrides the signals from the nervous system to the
muscle that cause the muscle to contract. If passive
stretching does not relieve the cramping and the
cramps are particularly severe, it is wise to seek
To sum up, the key to avoiding muscle cramps is to
prevent muscle fatigue. This means you should:
The athlete shoots fifteen sets of two foul shots from • Be well conditioned for any activity, especially
the normal free throw shooting position. long events
Players must complete this test with a partner. Shoot • Stretch regularly, especially muscles prone to
the sets of two, alternating with the partner. This is cramping
designed to simulate game situations. Each is to • Reduce exercise intensity and duration if required
count the score for their partner. Scores are recorded • Ensure adequate rest to promote muscle recovery
out of a possible maximum of 30. • Pay attention to nutritional needs, especially fluid
and carbohydrate intake
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Country Tour Player Trials ITCP Players Trials!
Dates and venues have been set for the ACJBC and Applications for players and network coaches to be
PCS Country Tours. They are: involved in the 2004/2005 Intensive Training Centre
Program (ITCP) have closed. Trials will now be held
Dates: 9-10th October 2004 for those Metro athletes who applied (metro coaches
Venues: who expressed interest in being involved in the
U/14 Men and Women - Niagara Park (CCYC) program will be required to attend the trials as well).
U/16 & U/18 Women - Gosford City Details are:
U/16 & U/18 Men - Maitland Stadium
Cost: $45 Metro Boys Trial
Tuesday 5th October
All times are listed on the Basketball NSW website. Venue: Trinity Grammar School
Names of players selected to trial are also now on the Prospect Road, Summer Hill
Basketball NSW website. Players wishing to attend Time: 6-8pm
must download a permission note from the
Basketball NSW website at: Metro Girls Trial
www.nswbasketball.net.au Monday 11th October
and return it to BNSW with their payment. Venue: Trinity Grammar School
Prospect Road, Summer Hill
Country Tour Coach Positions Time: 6-8pm
Coaches who have applied to attend the Australian
Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC) and the For more information contact Brett Coxsedge (NSW
Pacific Coast Slam (PCS) Tournaments have been ITCP Head Coach) at Basketball NSW on
sent letters informing them of the trials. 02 97462969.
All coaches have been notified of the venue they
have been allocated. All coaches are required to Position (s) Vacant
attend the trials at their allocated venue on 9-10th
October 2004. NSW ITCP Sport Consultants
The Basketball NSW Intensive Training Centre Program
Metro Development Program (MDP) (ITCP) is seeking qualified sports science professionals
The structure of the Metro Development Program to present the sports science component of the ITCP to
(MDP) has now been confirmed. Dates will be 10th the athletes.
and 24th October 2004.
The aim of the ITCP is to identify outstanding basketball
Details are: athletes, aged between 14-17 years, and develop their
10th October 2004 - training/ trials (U/13 & U/15) at mental skills, individual skills and team concepts which
Hornsby (The Brickpit). will enable them to compete successfully at National and
24th October 2004 - training/ trials (U/13, U/15 & International level.
U/17) at Hills Basketball Stadium.
Cost: $25 for U/13 and U/15 age groups, $15 for The ITCP Areas that are required to be covered include:
U/17 age group. - Strength, Agility and Conditioning
Watch the BNSW website for any further - Sports Psychology
announcements or changes regarding MDP. - Injury Prevention and Management
The successful individual (s) will be required to develop
and deliver the required program and report directly to
the NSW ITCP Head Coach. A small honorarium will be
negotiated with the successful person (s).
If you are interested, or know of suitable candidates, or
require further information please contact Brett
Coxsedge (NSW ITCP Head Coach) on 02 97462969 or
Closing date is 22nd October 2004.
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Bankstown Basketball Association Upcoming Events
Level 0 Coaching Course
This Level 0 course covers the basic fundamentals of Country Tour Player Trials
basketball coaching, and is suited for schoolteachers, Dates and venues have been set for the ACJBC and
parents or beginners to basketball. The Level 0 PCS Country Tours. They are:
Course has both a theory and practical component,
where we will get you out on court and show you Dates: 9-10th October 2004
how to teach a range of basketball skills. The course Venues:
modules are: U/14 Men and Women - Niagara Park (CCYC)
• Introduction U/16 & U/18 Women - Gosford City
• Starting Practice U/16 & U/18 Men - Maitland Stadium
• Dribbling and Passing Cost: $45
Metro Development League (MDL)
Date: Friday 15th October. 10th October (Hornsby) and
Time: 6pm-9pm 24th October (Hills). See previous page.
Venue: Bankstown Basketball Stadium
Cost: $20.00 (which includes hand-outs) U/17 Senior Waratah AllStar Camp and
Bankstown Basketball Association Will be held 16-17th October at Bankstown
Level 1 Coaching Course
This Nationally Accredited Level 1 course covers U/14 TAP Camp
more advanced skills and information for coaches, Will be held at the Sydney Academy of Sport at
players or Level 0 accredited coaches. Narrabeen 17-22nd October. Seventy-two (72)
athletes will participate in a week-long live-in camp
Level 1 Coaching Accreditation is usually a under the direction of Brett Coxsedge (NSW ITCP
mandatory requirement for coaches who wish to Head Coach).
coach a basketball team at Association
Senior Waratah High Performance Camp
Date: Saturday 8th November.
This camp is for athletes selected from the Senior
Waratah AllStar Weekend. The camp will be held
Venue: Bankstown Basketball Stadium, Third
30-31st October at a venue to be announced. More
Avenue, Condell Park
information to follow in the near future. Special elite
AND guest coaches will conduct training sessions for
Date: Saturday 15th November.
Time: 9am-4pm U/20 State Trials
Venue: Bankstown Basketball Stadium, Third Will be held 6-7th November 2004. Dates and venue
Avenue, Condell Park to be confirmed.
Cost: $80.00 plus coaching manual $30.00 ITCP Camp 1
(Bankstown Basketball Association registered 12-14th November. Date and venue to be confirmed.
members $60 + $30)
Odd Age Tournament
Our Accredited Level 0 and 1 Course presenter will 20-21st November (U/13, U/15 & U/17)
be Tony Jackson Venues: Bankstown, Hills and Penrith.
Nominations close 15th October
Requirements for Applicants
- To have completed 30 hours of coaching prior to or
after the course
- To complete post course assignments to a SPECIAL REMINDER
You can attend the Level 1 Course components only FIBA regulations will have
if you women all over Australia
* Already possess Level 0 Accreditation converting back to the size 6
* Can demonstrate/provide coaching/playing basketball this November.
knowledge of the game
Why not contact Simon Hickox at
For more information contact Michael at the Basketball NSW for some great prices!
Bankstown Basketball Stadium on 97071866. Phone (02 97462969) or email your interest to:
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(L2 Coaching Certificate Components
BNSW COACHING Covered: Units 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)
COURSE & CLINIC NB: The course will not run if there are
(in conjunction with the BNSW 2004
U/17 Hi Performance Camp) Assessable Candidates: Must have their Level
“COACHING & 1 Certificate and 3 years coaching experience.
This BNSW Grade 2 Certificate 1 Course is
DEVELOPING THE examinable. Course cost is $130.00 (GST Inc).
You will be supplied with course notes, be
INDIVIDUAL & TEAM” required to prepare pre-work to bring to the
course, to make compulsory presentations,
(incorporating BNSW Coaching Course critiques and submit work for marking during
Grade 2 - Certificate 1) and/or after the course. Level 2 Manual must be
purchased separately from BNSW Office
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR
ALL COACHES Need an Application Form? Need
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Conditions Apply – See Below) Coaching Certificate Courses and the Level
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SPEND TWO DAYS LEARNING BNSW Web Site
ABOUT THE PRACTICAL OR: Contact Basketball NSW Coaching
ASPECTS OF COACHING Department,
Attention: Bob Sim, Manager Player/Coach
THESE FIVE IMPORTANT Education,
TOPICS: P.O. Box 198, Sydney Markets, NSW 2140.
1. Team Offence Phone: (02) 97462969
2. Transition Offence and Defence
3. Team Defence Closing Date to Enrol:
4. Zone Offence and Defence
5. Individual Player Development Tuesday 19 October 2004
Presenter: Graham Baker (plus possible
Location: Bankstown Basketball
Third Avenue, Condell Park
Dates: Saturday & Sunday 30 & 31
Cost: BNSW Grade 2 – Certificate
1 Candidates (Assessable)
(Can Be Credited Towards
Level 2 Certificate): $130.00
Course cost includes GST. Cost includes lecturers,
workbooks, resources, assessment, marking and
certificate for successful candidates. Lunch is also
included on both Saturday and Sunday, but cost does
not include other meals or accommodation.
Published Level 2 Coaching Manual must be
purchased separately by coaches who do not already
have their own copy. Contact BNSW Office Sales
Department if you require a Level 2 Coaching
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