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"Basketball Crazy Lingo"

Basketball Crazy's  E-Newsletter - Issue 9 - July 2010


Welcome to Basketball Crazy’s monthly “Basketball Crazy Lingo” newsletter.  This newsletter includes an  interview with a young up and coming athlete who played for Australia in the recent U/17 World Championships in Germany.  The interview gives an incite  into the life experience of a player at this world event.  This Newsletter provides specific information about the Basketball Crazy Website and to offer something thought provoking to those readers that are keen to develop aspects of their game as a player, coach, referee or administrator. 

Standard Newsletter Content:
Basketball Crazy hopes you enjoy this July "Basketball Crazy Lingo" Newsletter Edition

The Editor's Desk

I believe and Australian men's and women's U/17 teams can hold their heads high after some amazing results at the July World Championships.  The Men's team finished 6th and the Women's team finished 6th  Well done to both teams and obviously there is some great young talent in both teams. 

Congratulations to the Australian Rollers men's team who became the 2010 World Champions after beating France 79-69 in the final.  The Ladies managed a 6th place.

The Boomers are going well in their lead up to the World Championships performing well in the Stankovic Continental Cup.  The Opals have also performed well with their World Championship preparation beating the USA earlier this month without Lauren Jackson.

The U/16 Australian Nationals held in Logan went well with the usual grandfinal participants.  In the Men's grandfinal, NSW Metro knocked off Vic Metro in a 1 point game and Vic Metro easily defeated Qld South in the Women's Grandfinal.  I believe the unexpected results would be New Zealand finishing a credible 5th in the men's and Queensland South finishing with the Silver Medal.  You can see all the results on the
BA National Championships Website.

I hope you enjoy this months issue of Basketball Crazy Lingo

Editor (The Axeman)

Monthly Interview

Interview With Cory Richardson

Cory is a fantastic example of a young athlete that has made the most of the opportunities that have been presented to him over the past twelve months.  Cory has risen from basic obscurity as a developing player representing his junior state league club South West Slammers to representing WA Country in the U/16 National Championships to then representing Australian in the 2010 World U/17 Championships in Germany all in the space of twelve months.  Cory is a very popular person, great personality and a young committed basketball athlete with the potential to go further and will likely continue as a successfully international athlete.  This interview will give some incite to what Cory experienced over the past 12 months.

We hope you enjoy the interview.

Cory Richardson's Interview   (Click Here)

Previous Interviews (Click Here)

Feature Website Chapter Extracts for July
The following chapter extracts are from the key development areas of the Basketball Crazy Website:

Chapter 2 Coaching Development

Basketball Crazy has just developed assessment tools for players and coaches to use to assist with skill development.  There are now individual and team check listings that will enable you to make an assessment of various skills & drills which will clear show where players need to improve.  This assessment guide gives incentive for players to develop their skills from Level 1 through to Level 3.

2.1.8 Player Skills Assessment Level Guide

The Skills Level Guide

This guide enables a coach to assess players to three different levels of qualification.  By assessment, it is the responsibility of the coach to inform players at what level their personal development is at and Basketball Crazy has put together this assessment to enable a coach to quickly assess players and inform them what skills they need to work on.

Dictionary Definition - "Assessment": To evaluate,

Thesaurus: - "Assessment": appraisal, computation, determination, evaluate, estimation, evaluation, judgement, rating, valuation

Why Do An Assessment? - It is well known that players will improve quicker if they are challenged in some way or there is a competitive situation put in place.  Young basketball players will often attempt to do a drill/skill just because it may be a challenge at first.  If you add in a further challenge including an assessment of the drill/skill, indicating that when the player does the drill/skill, they will receive an assessment on how well the drill/skill is performed.   The player will normally give greater thought for what is required to obtain the highest result possible given that their result may or will be compared with other players.

Assessing Coach's Qualifications And Experience

Basketball Crazy recommends that Assessment Levels 1 can be assessed and guided by parents and inexperienced coaches. or perhaps those coaches that have achieved a Level 0 National Coaching Accreditation.  Assessment Level 2 would require assessment from a 2 to 3 year experienced coach and desirably with a Level 1 National Coaching Accreditation and  the Assessment Level 3 should be assessed by a coach with 4 plus years of coaching experience and desirably with a Level 2 National Coaching Accreditation. 

Some Assessment Is Better Than None!: Regardless of having any accreditations, any coach/parent should feel comfortable about assessing a player on all three levels and encouraging the players to work at the basic skills of basketball.  All the skills/drills listed in each assessment have a website reference to learn what the skill/drill is and a live comparison can be made when the skill/drill is performed by the player.  This assessment is design to entice players to perform skills better than they would if there was no assessment in place.

Assessing Key - Place a score for each assessment of 1, 2 or 3

The following assessment tools have been provided so that you can perform regular checks on the various basketball skills/drills.  The skills/drills check listings included:

Assessment Tools Individual
Web Ref    
Web Ref  
Level 1   
Level 2   
Level 3   
Passing & Dribbling Check   3.1.4 3.1.5 0 - 24   25 - 48   49 - 72
Shooting Check     3.2.7    3.2.8 0 - 30
  31 - 60
  61 - 90
Stance & Movement Check 3.3.9 3.3.10  0 - 28    29 - 56    57 - 84 
Ballhandling For Touch 5.3.0 5.3.100 0 - 18    19 - 36    37 - 54 
Ballhandling For Dribble 5.4.0 5.4.150  0 - 36       37 - 72    73 - 108 
Total     0 -136
137 - 272      273 - 408

Everyone should be able to obtain a score when try a skill and depending on how well a skill is performed, the coach will award a 1, 2 or 3.  When all scores are added up the player will know at what level they are performing and  they can then work towards improving scores on the many skills/drills listed.  Some skills/drills will be awarded 1 and some skills 2 or 3 however the average across the board should produce a score that will place them into one of the following levels:

Please Note:  This Assessment Leveling Guide is new and will continue to be developed and there maybe new Assessment Tools and skills added to the existing format.  This means scores  will change however keep your eyes our for our monthly newsletter where any changes will be advertised for our 2.1.8 Players Skills Assessment Level Guide 

Other Website Illustrations to consider

Examples of the illustrations


Basketball Crazy Products and Services

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What Is New Through July?
The following new webpages have been added in July to the Basketball Crazy Website:
Assessment:  The following Assessment Tools have been added to Chapter 2 Coaching Development, Chapter 3 Player Development and Chapter 5 Drills & Conditioning

This month Basketball Crazy has explored many options for coach's to make player's performance and has established an assessment of skills and drills.
Various Drills: The following passing drills have been added to Chapter 5 Drills & Conditioning:

  • 5.3 Ballhandling For Touch
    • 5.3.0 Individual Ballhandling For Touch Check
    • 5.3.100 Coach's Skills Check For Players - Ballhandling For Touch
  • 5.4 Ballhandling For Dribble
    • 5.4.0 Individual Ballhandling For Dribble Check 
    • 5.4.150 Coach's Skills Check For Players - Ballhandling For Dribble


The World Of Basketball - Things You Might Find Interesting

FIBA TV  (Click Here)  All the FIBA World Championship Live TV Vision and highlights

Coaching Clipboard from your Ipad/Iphone with the latest Clipboard Software (Click Here)

Australian Hall Of Fame Dinner (Click Here)

Much More To Come

Help us help you! The more people that become involved with Basketball Crazy, the more development and resources will become available. Part proceeds from the website, products and services will go towards future development of services and resources to benefit basketball including support for those clubs and associations that create the greatest interest in our website. Basketball Crazy is also interested in receiving basketball stories and items of interest from readers.

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