The shot-clock is the best teacher of offensive basketball ever conceived by man. 

The more I watch basketball at every level of play, the more I believe that this statement is universally true. It is a key that unlocks a thousand developmental doors. I am going to list some reasons here. It is so important to focus on this, because although the United States invests more and more resources into basketball at every level, until we adopt a shot-clock at every level, we are stunting the growth and development of our players. It is not an overstatement.

The International game is played with a 24 second shot-clock. In most countries, from about 6th grade on up. And maybe younger. It’s just their normal game. And though it may not seem like much, it teaches them better than any coach in the world. I am not going to elaborate on these reasons right now, but I will list them. USA Basketball and every state in America needs to take notice.

1) The shot-clock forces players to learn how to create efficient offensive scoring opportunities. 

2) The shot-clock forces all players to learn how to shoot. 

3) The shot-clock forces coaches to teach all their players how to shoot. 

4) The shot-clock forces players to embrace their offensive roles on a respective team. 

5) The shot-clock forces coaches to become better offensive teachers by forcing them to learn how to teach their players how to actually score. 

6) The shot-clock gives every player more opportunities to develop their offensive game, in every game. More passing and shooting and dribbling opportunities.

7) The shot-clock teaches teams how to play better defense by forcing them to guard better offensive actions every single game. 

8) The shot-clock leads to a game that is more fun to watch. It increases rhythm. 

9) The shot-clock saves the sanity of college coaches who are tired of watching horrible offensive basketball at the youth and high school levels and teaching college players things they should already know. (Yea, that one’s personal). 

There is more, but that is plenty to get started with. I will elaborate more on these in the weeks ahead. I promise you, I am not overstating the case. The shot-clock is the best teacher of offensive basketball ever invented. Things need to change!

RECOMMENDED READS

The Latest From Joe

Ingredients for a Good Practice

This is helpful. Ingredients of a Successful Practice

Read John O’Sullivan

If you are involved in youth sports at all, it is wise for you to read John O'Sullivan on a consistent basis. His Changing the Game...

Announcing our 2019-2020 Partnership with the Washington Township Boy’s Basketball Travel Program

I am excited to announce our recent partnership with the Washington Township Boy's Basketball travel program. During the 2019-2020 season,...

Fall Events in Context

Fall Events in Context Anytime we create a new program or enter a new season of the year, I go into re-evaluation mode. I start asking...

The Need to “Just Play”

An open letter to all our "Just Play" Camp Participants: Thank you for joining us for our 2019 Just Play Camp. We certainly hope your...

Final Thought for Summer League

I want to thank you for joining us this summer for our 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 leagues. I certainly hope you had a positive experience. Most of...

Thought for Week #5 – Force More Decisions

The games you play shape you more than the drills you do.  It is not that the drills are unimportant. They are very important. I give...

Thought for Week #4 – Let it Fly!

Last week I pointed out that if we want our kids to improve, they must have opportunities to stretch their boundaries. Indeed, they must...

Thought for Week #3 – Shoot the Scoop!

One of my biggest issues with our current youth climate is that it does not encourage kids to take risks. From a basketball perspective,...

4-on-4 Thought for Week #2

Learning while at play is the most powerful kind of learning. But in order to learn well, it is essential to keep it simple. Too often we...

@2019 CRISPIN BASKETBALL | SITE DESIGN DGCWEB.COM

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This