It’s my hope that the approach I’m about to share with you will spread throughout the basketball world. Why? Because at all levels of play there is growing discontent with the way the sport is being officiated. However, I challenge each and every one of you to consider treating referees like your grandma! That’s right, treat them the same way you’d treat your grandmother.
Officials have the thankless job of maintaining the integrity of the game; something that is very important. Yet, the sport community of players, fans, and coaches are not acting in ways that I would consider ‘championship-like’.
Here are some key things to remember about officials:
- FOR PLAYERS: Referees are human, and it pays to treat them that way. They make mistakes just like you and I do. Learn their names. Chase loose basketballs, so they aren’t forced to get them. Thank them after the game.
- FOR COACHES: Dick DeVenzio wrote a chapter in his book, Running the Show, titled ‘Spend 5 Percent Maximum Talking to Referees (And 95 Percent Talking to Your Players).‘ He raises a great point and this point serves as an awesome reminder for all coaches.
- FOR ALL: They will not change the call! Too often in life we put a focus on things that are out of our control. Move on to the next play and put your energy there, as fans, coaches, and players.
Think about the way you act around your grandma. You wouldn’t call her names or tell her how wrong she is constantly. Would you? Instead, you’d treat her with respect, smile often around her, and thank her for her effort.
If I had to make an educated guess, one of the best gift-givers in the world is and/or was your grandma. Maybe it’s time you start treating officials like G-ma, and you’ll be surprised with the gifts you receive from them as well.
Learn to play offense the same way you breathe. Join PGC Director of Player Development Tyler Coston as he teaches the alternating current philosophy on offense, which will allow your team to get better shots and keep the defense scrambling.
Mediocre passers attempt to pass around and over defenders. Great passers pass through defenders. To pass through defenders, you must subconsciously know which windows are open. To do this, you must learn to be patient. Keep your elbow bent and the ball next your body. Open passing windows with your eyes and your height.
When asked about what he learned in the NBA, Devin Booker said the number one thing he learned was he does not have to play fast. The NBA game is all about holding something back and knowing when to use those one or two steps. That’s control.
PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.