DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR PLAYERSCoaches have to be careful NOT to overload their players with too much information. A coach has to have a good idea as to how much information their team can handle. Some years you will be able to have more in your X & O arsenal while other years you may have to use far less. Whatever the situation is the coach still needs to be careful not to overload their players. Is it really necessary for your team to have 10 baseline out-of-bounds plays? 5 man-to-man offenses? 5 zone offenses? 10 set plays? 4 different full court presses? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Coaches need to remember "It's not what you know that counts, it's what your players know." Give your players only what they can handle. Givng players too many X's and O's will cause them to be hesitent on the court. Players will be too concerned about where they are "supposed to be" rather than just reacting and playing. Giving your players a few things to know well allows them to play more free and aggressively.
One of the challenges of coaching is to take this knowledge that has been acquired over time and figure out which pieces of it can be or should be applied to your team. There are two times of the year when coaches can add to what their teams do, off-season and in-season.
ADDING DURING THE OFF-SEASONEach coach has a general philosophy as to how their teams play (if they don't they better establish one). Each coach needs to look at their returning roster and see if what they are doing in terms of style of play fits the ability of their players. The off-season is the time when a coach can make a bigger change in style of play because the off-season gives the coach time to learn all the ins and outs of whatever their new X or O is. Bigger changes during the off-season makes sense.
ADDING WHILE IN-SEASONChanges made while the season is in progress should be more subtle than the off-season changes. Coaches need to be careful not to revamp everything they do in mid-season. Keep the changes small. One example would be to add a set play to your offense that is a counter to your regular man-to-man or zone offense. If you run the Flex Offense, a good idea would be to add a set play that starts out of your Flex set.
To review...1. Gather as much knowledge as you can.
2. Decide what you can use with your team.
3. Do not overload your players with too much.
4. Bigger changes are made in the off-season.
5. In-season changes need to be subtle.