March 15, 2002, Newsletter Issue #49: SPECIAL SITUATION PREPARATION

Tip of the Week

It is very important to not assume that your players know what to do! Try to work on special situations every day.
Here are some questions all coaches should ask themselves. The answers will vary according to your personal philosophy and your teamís strengths.
Do you push the ball and play or call a timeout to set up the last shot? How do you intentionally miss a free throw?
With a three-point lead, do you want to foul before a three-point shot is taken? Do your players know when to foul? Do you have a sign or call so your players know to foul without alerting the other team? When do you start taking 3ís in order to catch up? Do you have a hurry- up offense designed to get you quality shots in less time? Do you save your timeouts or do you use them early to keep your kids in the game? Do you have last second plays for each time and score? Do you have your list of special situation plays on the bench with you so you can refer to them in pressure situations?

...Thanks to the University of Texas for sending these tips to Basketball`s Best.

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