Coaching Basketball: Building a Successful Basketball Program

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Coaching Basketball: Building a Successful Basketball Program

Steve Ridder

Steve Ridder, Head Basketball Coach at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona, Florida loves basketball. He loves coaching basketball even more. Ridder has developed one of the nation's most respected and successful programs during his 16-year tenure at Embry-Riddle. Coach Ridder led the Eagles to the program's first national championship, followed by the program's best ever record in 2000-2001 and a # 1 ranking nationally. How did he do it? In this basketball video series Coach tells you. With humor and passion, Ridder offers ten components of a successful basketball program. It doesn't take a lot of money or state-of-the-art facilities. It does take hard work and team work and commitment. This is a great basketball video series whether you are a new coach or you've been coaching for years.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Meet Coach Steve Ridder

This basketball video series begins with a glimpse into the past. Coach Ridder shares his inspiring and humorous journey from a young Assistant Coach to Head Basketball Coach at Embry-Riddle University.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Introduction

Arriving at Embry-Riddle, Coach faced a basketball team with a previous season record of 0 - 22.... and that was just the beginning of the challenges he and his team faced. But, they faced them all. Coach introduces the ten essential components to building a successful basketball program.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Philosophy and Making Each Year Different

The first step to building a successful basketball is to have a coaching philosophy that you can clearly communicate to others. Next, while maintaining that philosophy, work with coaches and players to Make each year different. Coach gives details of both in this basketball video.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Team Expectations

Having clearly spelled out expectations or rules for coaches and athletes is essential to a successful basketball program. From personal appearance to academic performance, set team standards and stick to them!

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Personnel and Style of Play

What kind of people does a really great Head Basketball Coach surround himself with? People who are even better than he is. Once you have quality people, then put in place your Style of Play. Whatever style you choose, make sure you have your offensive and defensives systems down and make sure you keep it simple.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Leadership Model - Part One

Coaching is Leadership. To build a successful basketball program, a coach has to be a good leader. Here, Coach Ridder discussed the qualities that a coach needs to be a true leader - on and off the court.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Leadership Model - Part Two

You didn't think leadership was so simple that it could be contained in one video did you? Coach Ridder continues his discussion of the Leadership Model. It's clear that coaching is a profession where Character matters!

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Practice Planning and Strengthening & Conditioning

If you want a successful basketball program you better go into practice with a game plan. An organized basketball practice includes those "problems" from the practice before and takes time for Strengthening and Conditioning.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Facilities

Not every basketball program has the luxury of state-of-the-art facilities. But, every program has to have a sense of ownership of whatever facilities it does have. With humor and advice, Coach Ridder talks about the Coach's responsibility to "make the most of what you've got."

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Off Season Commitment and Exposure

You can bet that the competition is working during the Off season. Is your basketball team doing the same? They'd better be if you want a successful program. Part of the commitment, both during and off season is selling your program or "exposure." Here are some ways to get the community excited and involved.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: What Did You Say?

Ridder gives a quick recap, with some thoughtful asides, of the ten things a coach can do to build a Championship Basketball Program.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Repeat That Please

Coach wraps up his review and then offers some Strengthening and Conditioning Drills he uses with his basketball team.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: The Joe Dean Special Play

Coach walks us through one of the plays his basketball team uses to make the score. It's a great play, but it's even greater to laugh with Coach as he tells the true story of how his players first ran the play during the game.

Building a Successful Basketball Program: Being a Successful Coach

In order to build a successful basketball program, you have to have a coach who is in the profession for the RIGHT reasons. Coach Ridder wraps up his presentation with a passionate discussion of what those reasons are and a compelling story of why he wakes up every day with an appreciation for the opportunity to coach.