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Monday, April 28, 2014

DR. JACK RAMSAY'S DOZEN ABSOLUTES IN COACHING

We want to take this opportunity to send along our wishes to the family of Dr. Jack Ramsay who passed away this morning at the age of 89.

His defensive philosophy inspired Red Holzman to get into coaching.

His high powered offensive attack was copied later by Pat Riley and the Showtime Lakers.

In fact, Bill Walton said that on the top of the blackboard for every pre-game instruction was always the same phrase "RUN - RUN - RUN." 

Dr. Jack's Dozen Absolutes in Coaching:

1. Basketball, like every other sport, is predicated on the execution of the fundamentals.

2. The coach is a teacher; his subject is the fundamentals.

3. The highest level of achievement is attained by the teams with the best conditioned players.

4. Even the greatest players have a level of improvement to achieve.

5. Even the greatest players accept coaching and value the need for discipline and the order that it brings to the team.

6. Winning is more related to good defense than good offense.

7. Break-down drills, under simulated game conditions, are essential to team success.

8. Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals.

9. There are no physical limits to individual achievement.

10. Although the game has become more sophisticated, simpler is better in developing and teaching a system of play.

11. Players draw confidence from a poised, alert coach who anticipates changing in game
conditions.

12. Teams that never concede defeat can accomplish incredible victories.