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"Basketball Crazy Lingo"

Basketball Crazy's  E-Newsletter - Issue 12 - October 2010


Welcome to Basketball Crazy’s monthly “Basketball Crazy Lingo” newsletter.  This newsletter has a slight focus on the development of coaches with an interview with a well known basketball identity responsible for developing many  elite coaches throughout Australia and the World for that matter. Furthermore, this Newsletter provides specific information about the Basketball Crazy Website and to offer readers 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 October "Basketball Crazy Lingo" Newsletter Edition

The Editor's Desk

It would be an understatement to say the Australian Opals had a bad game at the in their recent World Championship Title defence at the Czech Republic 2010  Women's World Championships.   The Opals have had a great start winning all the pool games but unfortunately fell away first losing to USA then Czech Republic ending any chance to finish with a medal.  The Czech republic game was a nightmare with low percentage shooting and some poor form hitting the team when it needed to step up.  Coach Graf stated to a reporter that the team never really found any rhythm for the whole week and that was partly due to some of the main player not joining the team until the Championships started.  It will be a good shake up for the team full of talent to do better at the Olympics in London.

I must say congratulations to a long time friend and somewhat mentor of mine Patrick Hunt for his appointment with FIBA as the President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) for a four-year term from 2010 to 2014.  I could not think of a better person suited for this role and to me something Australians should be proud of when the world again goes looking at Australia to play a major role in developing the game.  Well done Pat!  Pat has taken the time to provide our monthly interview for this newsletter and it is very informative and thought provoking.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Basketball Crazy Lingo

Editor (The Axeman)

Monthly Interview

Interview With Patrick Hunt

Basketball Crazy has found another well respected person who is crazy enough to dedicate themselves to live in and around basketball for most of their life so far.  Patrick has coached over 350 games representing Australia and was Head Coach of the Canberra Cannons in the Australian National Basketball League in 1981.

He was one of the initial Coaches of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Basketball program and has been with the AIS from it’s inception in 1981 being Head Coach of the Men’s program from 1983 to 1992.  An internationally renowned presenter and clinician, Hunt has been the keynote speaker at many National Coaching, Sports Science and Skill Acquisition conventions throughout Australia. Internationally he has been the keynote and guest speaker at International Coaching Clinics in USA, Sweden, Germany, South Africa and New Zealand and delivered Coaching presentations in Brazil, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Canada, Japan, China and Turkey.

Commencing in January 2009, he was appointed to the new position at the AIS of Applied Technical Advancement Coach working with the AIS Olympic games and World Championship calibre Coaches. In September 2010 at the FIBA World Congress he was appointed President of the FIBA World Association of Basketball Coaches for a four year term to 2014.

We hope you enjoy the interview.

Patrick's Interview   (Click Here)

Previous Interviews (Click Here)

Feature Of Website
Each month, a page of the Website is featured in the Basketball Crazy Lingo with a view to give readers some visual of what type of information is available should you become a subscribed member.  This issue features the webpage on how to use a white board when coaching.

2.2.1 Using Diagram Board or White Board 

A coach must be able to communicate more easily with players.
Using a diagram whiteboard enables players too effectively listen to what the coach wants from the team and at the same time see the expected movement of players and ball on the diagram whiteboard.
Diagram whiteboard enables the coach to 

  • Indicate player positions and where the should move
  • Indicate offensive and defensive plays
  • Get a simple point across to the team or player
  • Show offensive manoeuvres of the opposition.

Simple Coaching Symbols to use on your white board 


By improving your communication with players, you will become a better coach 

Other Website Illustrations to consider

Examples of the illustrations


Basketball Crazy Products and Services

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Membership Subscription; For the cost of a basketball book @ $27.50, you can have a six-months subscription to the website including a wealth of information about basketball with the added bonus that this website will continue to develop everyday.  This is just the start!!
The following web link shows every page on the website:

All the Basketball Crazy Website Page Listings

What Is New Through October?
The following new webpages have been added in October to the Basketball Crazy Website:
Assessment:  The following drills have been added to  Chapter 5 Drills & Conditioning

The World Of Basketball - Things You Might Find Interesting

Much More To Come

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