The following dates are when the upcoming no-zone clinics will be taking place:
Sunday 9th November 2:30-4:00pm
State Basketball Centre
Monday 10th November 7:00-8:30pm Eltham High School
Sunday 16th November 2:30-4:00pm Werribee Basketball Stadium
Monday 17th November 7:00-8:30pm
Box Hill Secondary College
In line with the push to increase skills Basketball Victoria banned zone defences in all under 12 representative competitions last year and has continued that regulation to include under 14 in the coming season. It is expected that the requirement to play man for man defence will filter through to the older age groups to some extent in the coming seasons.
It is widely accepted that children whose teams play zones during their formative years do not learn the defensive and offensive skills required to play at higher levels.
In practice, for our club, this means that children whose teams play zones in domestic competition and who try-out for representative programs are at a disadvantage compared with those who come from man for man teams.
I am aware that guarding the key type zones are very easy to teach and tend to solve the competitive defensive problem for beginner level teams. In the past I have used zones with domestic teams myself, partly for the simplicity in instruction, partly because zones do teach team attitudes and partly so I can focus on teaching offence. Then there are those occasions when we have the bare number of players on a hot summer afternoon.
However, now, with the increased focus on skill mastery all coaches are being asked to teach man for man, in the interests of their players development.
Preparing players for the possible demands of rep ball may seem a long way from the needs of a fun domestic team. However we have a duty to prepare our juniors as best as we can and especially, young teenagers from all levels are well known for deciding to put their hat in the rep ball ring. The present Falcons Under 18 and Under 20 teams include a number of children who played their early basketball in grades such as Under 10, 12 and 14 D Reserve.
Man for man can be played in various forms from aggressive trapping full-court defences to conservative back-court help and recover team defences. The commonality is that players have one on one responsibility as well as being taught how to help and are learning and applying the skills of individual and team defence. Those of us who see professional teams playing advanced zones know that the best zone players are those who have mastered man for man skills.
Our Club will be conducting sessions to assist our own coaches. Also, our more experienced coaches are always available to assist at training or in games.
The clinics conducted by Basketball Victoria as listed below are open to all coaches including domestic coaches, and are compulsory for rep coaches.
I encourage our Piranhas coaches to attend one of these sessions.
The following dates are when the clinics will be taking place:
Sunday 9th November 2:30-4:00pm at State Basketball Centre
Monday 10th November 7:00-8:30pm at Eltham High School
Sunday 16th November 2:30-4:00pm at Werribee Basketball Stadium
Monday 17th November 7:00-8:30pm at Box Hill Secondary College