Eagle High School will have OPEN GYM every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00pm to 4:15 pm with some uncompromising expectations for every attendee.
All players who are interested in playing for EHS during the 2013 summer and improve their skills for the 2013-2014 basketball season – this is the time to do it.
Competition will be far fiercer for next year’s varsity spots because of the number of young players in the system. This is not a mandatory spring program, but it will certainly help your chances. We will never make promises to players for a position on a future team, just a promise that we will help you improve.
If you are unwilling to spend your time working at optimum performance without having someone to watch over you to keep you motivated – this is not the workout for you. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed players who want to improve their game through passion and intensity.
If I or any of my coaches feel you are wasting your time and/or holding back other players, we will have a private talk with you (and there will be a specific workout of running-shooting-push-ups-sit-ups).
The second infraction will be to ask you to leave the gym and return when you are motivated. A phone call to your parents will advise them of the situation.
The third infraction; you are done! And you will not be coming back for spring workouts. Wasting time is a broad category– and would include not showing positive leadership complaining about drills, walking from one drill to another, and including any performance or activity detrimental to the EHS basketball program. (As determined by coaches.)
We will begin MARCH 19TH AND 20TH. BY GOING AFTER SCHOOL - I DON’T BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE ANY CONFLICTS WITH YOUR CLUB TEAMS. IT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE IF ALL OF YOU WOULD CHOOSE TO PLAY FOR THE SAME CLUB TEAM.
The only week of conflict will be April 16th and 17th. We will have use of the North Gym, but not the main floor. Also, spring sports have access to the gym if the weather is bad. There may be days where we have to double and triple up (players) regarding our work-outs.
Eagle did not make the State Tournament this year, the first time in five years, and we will work so that this does not happen again. It is time to re-dedicate ourselves to excellence on the basketball floor.
Everyone enjoys the glory of winning, but far too few accept responsibilities in a loss. We are not here to point fingers of blame, but to recognize improvement is a mandatory condition of our circumstances. “Coach” demands must be met by players and parents, respect flows both ways and we will work very hard to earn yours and we expect players will work very hard to earn ours and the communities respect. Accountability by all involved will be scrutinized and evaluated.
The first Varsity Tournament will be in Rexburg (Madison High) –May 24, 25, Memorial Weekend followed (the next weekend) by the Centennial Tournament.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT OPEN GYM?
I will discuss the spring program with you the first “after” school practice and make it clear about our expectations. (there will also be a meeting Wednesday February 27 at lunch) All of the drills will be player led or explained – coaches will be present to work with “two” or help with questions.
The day’s workout will be posted and discussed so all involved know what the expectations are and any questions will be answered.
Every day will contain defensive drills, footwork drills, shooting drills, dribbling drills, and for the first 5 weeks, don’t expect any full court or half court 5 x 5 playing. This is the time to improve individual skills, not running up and down.
Every open gym will begin with begin with defensive footwork in a drill we refer to as “Duke Zig-Zag” full court. Hands behind the back-keep your feet apart and stay in a low defensive stance. This will be done from 5-6 times every open gym. Not back to back, but interspersed.
Shooting drills will be the crux of every open gym. The phrases we use at the varsity may not be familiar to all of our sub-varsity players, but we will help you with that and you will be very comfortable in a couple of days
- “15” from the blocks-one step lay-ups, followed by 10 “made” shots from elbow/ft/elbow
- “Money Arc” 6 spots from baseline to baseline. First rotation-player makes one shot to move-second arc player must make two in a row to move to next spot. Third rotation, obviously means you must make “3” in a row to move.
- 6-spot 3’s (2-3 players at a basket) each shoots and gets own rebound. Made baskets must be yelled out for all to hear. First to 10, all move spots. At the conclusion – which team won the most spots – all else will sprint lines.
- Alby’s Shot – from (extended FT line outside of 3 pt line) fake to baseline and drive to basket-lay-up. Followed by dribble to elbow shot(approx. 10 shots) dribble to baseline(10 shots). Team up with player to work on (pick and roll) – throw back to corner.
- Dribble drive into key: become familiar with terms “drift” – “window” outside of 3-pt line.
- Mikan drill. Timed drill(1 minute) lay-up from right and left hand side of basket
- “Baby Hook” drill. Not an actual hook shot, but over the shoulder shot as you move into key from block.
- Post up drills with relocation by shooter. Both post up man and shooter get practice.
- Numerous drills will combine dribbling (cross-over) and moving into jump shot
- No player will be a designated “big” man or “guard” – all will learn skills for both positions.