Tuesday, October 7, 2008
An important phase of our defensive system is communicating. No team can reach their defensive potential unless they communicate well. Show me a good defensive team that doesn’t talk and I’ll show you a defensive team that doesn’t know how good they can be. Communication is actually one of the most difficult things to get a team to do. Players by nature don’t like to talk basically because it requires you to see, listen and think. An important part of communication is to eliminate useless talking. A team should not talk just for the sake of talking. You don’t want all five players constantly talking all the time — no one would be able to understand what is being said. We give our team specific things to say at specific points to cover specific responsibilities. We also make sure that we work communication into our practice plan. We have specific communication that we want in each drill and practice segment. Communicating is no different than shooting, passing and rebounding -- if you want to excel in it it needs to be drilled and emphasized.