coaching evaluation

Tom Thibodeau, Coaching Evaluations and A Blueprint for Coach Improvement

May 21, 2015
Chris Oliver

In reading the reports that Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls are possibly breaking up their relationship, it brought to mind my experiences with coach evaluations. The NBA level is unique when it comes to coaching evaluation. In the NBA the coaching evaluation is largely about winning. This is probably true of NCAA D1 athletics too. People can say what they want

Do You Believe You Will Win A Championship Every Year?

May 15, 2015
Chris Oliver

Hello Coach Oliver. Do you come into every season, every year, whole-heartedly thinking you will in a championship? If so, do you ever have doubts throughout the season? If you would share your thoughts that would be great. I am only seeking insight and understanding. Regards, David The easy answer is yes, I believe we will win a championship every

A Summary of How to Teach Shooting with Holger Geschwinder

May 10, 2015
Chris Oliver

To save you time, here is my summary of Are You Sure We Teach the Shooting by Holger Geschwindner, so you can watch the specific things that I feel are the most relevant. Gerschwinder is a mentor and shooting coach of Dirk Nowitzki. Here is an older video of him working with Dirk (Video). Lay-ups He started with lay-ups and an emphasis on

My All-Time Favorite Inbound Play Doesn’t Always Work

May 05, 2015
Chris Oliver

I have never put in a play, a defensive scheme, or a practice drill that I did not believe was the solution. Once I implemented an idea, I believed it would work. That positive belief is undoubtedly a good thing. I put a lot of thought into whatever our team does so it is important to believe in my decisions.

A Summary of Developing Young Guards by Arik Shivek

Apr 30, 2015
Chris Oliver

 Here is my summary of Coach Shivek’s video with the best drills highlighted for you to check out if they interest you. He plays with four perimeter players and spacing. Every player needs great ball handling and versatility in how they finish around the rim. He spends a lot of time repeating floaters, reverse lay-ups, etc., to develop this ability. Dribbling,

Q&A: How to Build the Coach-Athlete Relationship

Apr 26, 2015
Chris Oliver

Question: Basketball Immersion member Paul had this question: Hey Coach. I was just watching a couple of your clinic videos and I noticed a couple of similar but slightly disparate ideas when it comes to building the coach-player relationship. In one video, you say that you’ll ask them, “How can I best communicate with you?” In another video, you say

How to Use Our Concepts to Teach Your 3rd Graders How to Play Basketball

Apr 20, 2015
Chris Oliver

I signed up for your website and I really like your concepts. They do make sense to me, but I wonder how your concepts apply to the age group that I coach. I coach 3rd graders (8-9 year olds).  I wonder how your concepts translate for a 3rd grader? Do you still teach youth players to think “shot on the catch”? I

Three Ideas to Increase and Maintain Intensity at Practice

Apr 06, 2015
Chris Oliver

A goal of this blog is to provide specific and practical insights into current coaching dilemmas.  By no means do I have all the answers and sometimes you may even disagree with my approach. When I was a young coach I remember learning as much about what I would not do as much as I learned what I would do.  One of the first

A Summary of Developing Players’ Decision Making by Allison McNeill

Apr 06, 2015
Chris Oliver

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger   I know sometimes it is difficult to find the time to search for great content. It is even more difficult to invest the time to watch everything you find. One of the advantages of being a full-time basketball coach is that

Start Here: What is Zero Seconds and Basketball Decision Training?

Apr 04, 2015
Chris Oliver

  The two main concepts of Basketball Immersion are Zero Seconds Skills Training and Basketball Decision Training. It is important that I define both terms and explain why the concepts are important. Put simply, Zero Seconds is skills training, and Basketball Decision Training (BDT) is mind training. ZERO SECONDS Zero Seconds Skills Training is focused on improving ball skills. Dribbling,