Getting the Green Light

Getting the Green Light

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Occasionally you’ll hear a basketball announcer say that a player has the green light to shoot whenever they want to. Not every player has this privilege. Coaches can be very particular about who shoots certain shots. For example, Kyle Korver leads the NBA in three point shooting percentage at 49% which is mind blowingly good. Kyle’s coach has probably given him the green light to shoot an open three any time it presents itself. Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant are examples of players who can successfully shoot from anywhere on the floor, even when tightly covered. It’s pretty likely that they all have a green light from their coach to shoot just about any time they want to. Continue reading Getting the Green Light

A Great Player

The Effect of Great Players

winnerThere were years when I coached flag football that I was blessed with a great player on my team. One of the players was Marcus who played in the mid 90’s. Hugo and David played over a decade later, and like Marcus, they played brilliantly and were virtually unstoppable. The strategy was always simple when they played, just get them the ball and let them run. No one could stop them. When I had these players, our team was good. Wins were common, losses were rare. Continue reading A Great Player

How to Use Hesitation Effectively

dribbling a basketballThere is an old saying that “he who hesitates is lost.” When you watch sports, you will see instances when a player hesitates because he lacks the confidence or ability to know what move to make next. Hesitation can be bad if there is an opportunity that presents itself, but that opportunity is missed because of the uncertainty as to whether to proceed or not. However, there are players in sports who use hesitation to their advantage; especially in basketball. Continue reading How to Use Hesitation Effectively

Move Towards Blessing

Stationary Receiver and Moving Receivers

over the shoulder football catchOver the years of teaching and coaching kids, I have had the opportunity to observe the same phenomenon occur again and again when kids are learning to play football. When they are first learning to play, the offense lines up alongside of the ball at the line of scrimmage and they all run out for a pass. After each player finds a spot where they think they can catch the ball, they stop and turn around to face the quarterback. Then they jump up and down where they stopped and yell the quarterback’s name again and again hoping to get his attention for a pass. The quarterback studies the situation and eventually winds up to throw a pass to one of the receivers. If it is a good pass, the ball will go to an open receiver who doesn’t have to move much to catch the ball. Continue reading Move Towards Blessing

Hitting the Wall

Hitting the Wall

runnersElite distance runners are extraordinary. They can run a full marathon for 26 miles at a pace that the average person would have to push hard to maintain for 200 meters. Great marathon runners must train for years to develop the endurance to run the whole race at a fast pace without hitting what is referred to as the wall. Continue reading Hitting the Wall

Guarding What is Good

Expected to Lose

goalie defending a shotIn 1980, the Soviet Union had a powerful hockey team that was the strong favorite for winning the gold medal at the Winter Olympics. The Soviets had outscored their opponents in Olympic play 175-44 since 1964 and had only lost one game. The United States played well enough to advance to the semi-final game, but this meant that they would have to face Soviets to advance to the final championship game. No one gave them much chance to win, but there was one player that stood between the Soviet’s plans to destroy yet another opponent, his name was Jim Craig, the goalie for the U.S hockey team. Continue reading Guarding What is Good

The Comeback

A Big Race

comebackFour of the nation’s top collegiate runners lined up on the starting line to run the 600 Meter run. The winner would be the NCAA champion, the best in the country. Heather Dorniden fully intended to be the winner of the race. When the race began, she strategically paced herself behind the lead runner for the first half of the race and then she made her move. She accelerated past the first place runner with the ambition of stretching out a sizeable lead. But then it happened. Continue reading The Comeback