The coach in many team sports is often the one that the responsibility for success or failure to win matches falls on and so any coach must rely on judgement of assessing both their team and their opponent’s team’s strengths and weaknesses. In order to assist them in the game of basketball, many coaches therefore often look at coaching basketball reviews to see which strategies have worked before against certain teams and which haven’t. Obviously the abilities and fitness of the team’s players is also an important factor but, at the professional levels at least, most of the players are already outstanding in terms of skill and fitness and so the strategies and different plays decided on and trained in are often the deciding factors in many of the high ranking games and those are what the coaches are responsible for.
A coach, when looking to decide which plays should be trained for in an upcoming, should already know what the strengths and weaknesses of his team and his individual players are and so needs to concentrate on learning those of the opposing team and by knowing those two sets of values, make the decision on what plays to practice.
Basketball is a game played on a court with a hoop at either end and each team has to try and gain the most points by getting the ball through their respective hoops. Different numbers of points are given from hoops scored from different distances and as 3 points are scored for longer shots and only 2 are awarded for shorter shots, a coach may decide to practice for more of one than the other, depending on his own team’s strengths and his opponent’s weaknesses. Obviously depending on which set of plays a coach decides on, different team members may be relied on more in certain matches than in others, depending on the position that they play and the role that they play. The fastest members of a team are usually placed as the Point Guards and they are often the most important player in terms of building up an offensive. The tallest players are placed by the hoops as Centres where they will hopefully take full advantage of their height and therefore be able to score hoops or block them. Shooting Guards are sometimes used to take a lot of long shots and so if a coach is planning on these kinds of plays that position will be played by an accurate shooter. The position of Small Forward is often one that is filled with a player that is competent in dribbling penetrations in offensive plays. The fifth position on the court is the Power Forward and their job is to stand beneath the basket, usually going man on man with the opponent’s Power Forward and try to complete or block hoops depending on whether their team is in defence or on the offensive. It is these positions and strengths that the coach must hopefully use to the best advantage in order to secure wins for the team.