Why Am I Not Playing? Examine Yourself!

With our players back on campus, I’ve already been asked, “Coach, how do I get more time this year?”  Everyone wants to play, but on an expanded Division III roster like ours, not everyone will get to play and so that question will be asked excessively in the next few months. Continue reading

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Reading Is Fundamental

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Many times it is helpful to revisit the basics.  It’s true in basketball, but also true in life, especially for Christians living in a world that is becoming more antagonistic to the Christian faith.  On the basketball floor, we teach a read and react offense that utilizes the dribble.  As the ball is dribbled, we want our players to read the defense and react accordingly, but sometimes as we add different entries and sets, we forget the fundamentals.  Let’s consider one reading situation that is crucial in our offense and then make a biblical connection to the reading we need to do in our world. Continue reading

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Are You a Valuable Teammate?

I’m caught up in the X’s and the O’s right now.  As we started our season with an early exhibition game against a DI team, we spent our first weeks implementing enough offense so that we could simply compete well in that game.  However, as we look at the season ahead with a very young team,, culture and how we treat the people behind the X’s and O’s will be transformational for our team and ultimately could lead to our success this season.

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A great deal of attention in the NBA has been focused on Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors and some fascinating issues related to team work and team play.  Questions about the teammate relationship Durant ended with the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, his transition to fit with new teammates in Golden State (see The San Francisco Chronicle), and as a by-product, the effect a once-highly respected, but now seemingly negative Draymond Green has on the Warrior culture (see ESPN.com) have dominated the early weeks of the season, but have also encouraged me to take a closer look at the kind of teammates we want to have. Continue reading

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