Great stuff from Steve Brennan on timeout execution:
You have 4 time-outs a game
Don’t waste your time-out by yelling. If you
Call the time-out, the kids know something is wrong
each one with a positive statement. Research shows that the first think and the
last thing that people say are the things that people remember most
Discuss no more than 3 items during any one
time-out, and that may be too many. You must give the first 15 or 20 seconds to
the kids anyway. Tell them this at the first of the year. They can get their
water, towels, etc.
Develop a cue word to refocus attention. Mine
was “Listen.” As soon as I said that the focus of the attention was on me.
Confer with assistant coaches before talking
with the team. This is big with me because when I was an assistant coach, I was
not part of time-outs. Even if you know exactly what you want to do, just from
a psychological standpoint, you should do something with your assistant
coaches. Give them some recognition. Utilize them.
Change defenses. Use a “Sequence-stay.”
Run a set play after a time-out. Get your best
player into the flow. Set up a play.
Don’t use the entire time-out if you don’t need
If the opponent calls the time-out, wait until the
referee gets you from the huddle.
Delegate an assistant coach to keep track of
Carry strategy on 3x5 index cards. Put your
out-of-bounds on cards.