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NEW Basketball Ireland Coaches Licensing
Jul 11, 2018, 1:53 pm
NEW Basketball Ireland Coaches Licensing
Find out all the information on the new Basketball Ireland Coaches Licensing scheme below.
Why a Licensing Scheme?
We need to have a complete database of qualified active coaches.
All Basketball Ireland member clubs, colleges and schools for all ages need to know who is coaching their players and what level qualifications they hold. Coach education and continual professional development is essential to increasing the standard of coaches coaching within our sport. With the license system, active coaches will be encouraged to attend courses and clinics in order to improve their knowledge and experience as coach.
The license scheme will establish a difference between active coaches and non-active coaches and make sure all active coaches have up-to-date qualifications. With clinics being sanctioned to receive Continual Professional Development (CPD) points, hopefully this will mean more clinics are run in Ireland both directly through BI but also through clubs and organisations.
More coach education will improve the standard of our coaches and help coaches share information in order to improve the coaching standards.
When will the Licensing Scheme start?
The first licenses will be issued in time for the start of the 2018-19 season.
At the start of the 2019-20, season no coach will be allowed to take part in BI activities as a coach without holding a valid license.
How does a Coach become Licensed?
Coaches will receive a coaching license once they have met the following criteria: Register with Basketball Ireland as a coach under the current BI Registration System. The license will be free of charge for all qualified coaches.
In order to be eligible for a Basketball Ireland Coaching License, you must hold a Coaching Certificate (Intro, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3) that was awarded from Coaching Ireland/Sport Ireland since 1997 when they started issuing the current qualifications.
A physical copy of a Coaching Ireland/Sport Ireland Certificate or appearing on the Coaching Ireland/Sport Ireland coach database are the only ways to prove certification. If you wish to check your level, please contact Basketball Ireland's coaching department on coachdevelopment@basketballireland.ie.
You must be Garda vetted with Basketball Ireland (details here: http://www.basketballireland.ie/gardavetting/).
Hold a current Safeguarding 1 Certificate (from Level 1 and upwards).
During season 2018-19 coaches will be issued a temporary one-year license without completing this course. They will then have until August 1st, 2019 to complete the course and contact Basketball Ireland Coaching Department (coachdevelopment@basketballireland.ie) with proof of completion, at which point they will be issued a three-year license commencing from the point of first application.
If they fail to do so they will not be issued a license until such time as the course is completed and the three years will still commence from the point of first application.
Continuous Professional Development
As part of the licensing system, from August 1st, 2018 onwards coaching licenses will be awarded for the following periods based on your completion of the below courses.
Introduction to Coaching Course – 3 Year License
Level 1 Course – 3 Year License
Level 2 Course – 4 Year License
Level 3 Course – 5 year License
You can view more information on license renewal, CPD and the points system in full here: Coach Licensing -31.5.18.pdf
Other important FAQs such as: What happens when a coaching license expires without completing the required CPD for a renewal? and full details on all of the above can be downloaded here: Coach Licensing -31.5.18.pdf
Possession of a Licence Card will confirm that:
You are a qualified Coach (to whatever level is shown)
You have been Garda vetted
You have undertaken a Child Safeguarding certificate course.
Should be directed to Matt Hall on mhall@basketballireland.ie

How to STOP Over Dribbling During Games
Feb 18, 2018, 12:55 pm

How to STOP Over Dribbling During Games

- By Joe Haefner

Not much can stagnate your offense more efficiently or lighten the color and thickness of your hair quicker than...

Over dribbling on offense!

You've probably had teams where players acted like the basketball was on fire. As soon as they caught it, the first thing they did was drop it to the floor.

Over dribbling has so many negative effects on your team including scoring fewer points and having more turnovers! This bad offense also leads to bad defense as your opponents get more easy scoring opportunities via turnovers and bad shots.

Now, how do you fix this?

It is through what you teach, what you enforce, and how you practice.

1 - Teach them to dribble with a purpose.

First, you need to teach your players when they should dribble. Here is what you might tell players to do:

Dribble to score.

Dribble to prevent a 5 second call.

Dribble to create a better passing angle.

Dribble to advance the ball up the floor.

Otherwise, don't dribble!

One of my favorite lines for teaching how to dribble is from Don Kelbick who is the creator of the Attack & Counter Skill Development System.

He says when you dribble, "Think Lay Up". That's the mentality you should have when dribbling... Attack!

2 - Enforce it in practice.

If you want to get rid of bad habits, you have to create good habits. You can do this with constraints and correction.

Here are a few examples of drills and scrimmages that utilize constraints.

Dribble Without Purpose = Turnover

If you want your players to dribble with a purpose, you better set up situations where they have to adhere to this habit. One easy way to do that is to have this rule during practice.

Every time you dribble without a purpose, it is an automatic turnover.

No Dribble Drills & Scrimmages

Here is another constraint that you can apply. You eliminate dribbling from your drills or scrimmages.

This teaches them how to play without dribbling. The players quickly learn that they don't need to dribble nearly as often as they thought. It also teaches them when they truly need to dribble to create a better scoring opportunity.

At first, it can be quite ugly as they figure things out. But after awhile, a few minutes or a few practices depending on the group, it can transform into beautiful basketball.

Kids are zipping the ball around and you end up with some open shots. At times, I've even noticed that after allowing dribbles again, the offense even worsens.

It's up to you if you want to do this, but I also have allowed one dribble after a pass to shoot a lay up.

Limited Dribble Drills & Scrimmages

This is similar to above, except that you limit the number of dribbles for a player after each pass. You might use two or three dribbles depending on the age group.

This teaches players to use their dribbles only when necessary.

3 - Enforce It During Games

Ahead of time, you can also tell your players that if they over dribble during games too much, they will spend a few minutes on the bench.

This tends to be one of the best teachers if they revert to old habits during games.

If you utilize these tips, you'll be amazed at how quickly these bad habits start to disappear.