How long is a minute?
Dumb question huh?
But there’s different minutes – there’s the long minute when you’ve been challenged to hold your breath, and then there’s the time out – which seems to go past in the blink of an eye.
You’re only half way through your address and the ref says – “let’s go coach!”
We’ve all been there – right?
One simple trick to eliminate this time restraint is to get your athletes to literally run to the time out.
Let them spend the first 10-15 seconds settling down, getting drinks etc.
NOT walking to the huddle.
Running also sends a message to the other team – it says “we got this!”
We don’t care how tired we are – we’re going to keep running.
Next time you call a time out – watch both teams – if one runs to the huddle, the other teams body language changes!
How do you practice this?
Every time you have a drink break at practice – make it a minute, call these breaks out randomly – like a game – and get your athletes conditioned to taking these breaks at different times and running to the right spot.
You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
Enjoy the journey!
PS – remember – in the time out – 2 messages – one for offence, one for defence – or – deliver a simple and clear message.
Bruce Hultgren is a former professional player in Australia and has been coaching professionally and semi professionally for over 25 years around the world. He is a specialist in the field of entry level development and is the creator of the BillyBounce Basketball program designed for entry level athletes aged 5-10 years old.