Feb 14, 2011
Oklahoma H.S. Coaches Dealing With A Lack Of Practices Due To Weather

Remember the scene near the end of “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson’s wife discovers a stack of papers next to the typewriter that Nicholson’s character had been banging on for weeks, supposedly writing a book?

All she found was page after page filled with the famous line, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, revealing his plunge toward insanity.

Consider the next two weeks basketball’s equivalent of the Overlook Hotel.

By the end of the month, somewhere locked in a gym basement, there’s going to be a coach hacking away on a laptop, churning out pages full of All games and no practice makes Jack a dull coach.

It’s a player’s dream, but a coach’s nightmare. Starting today, several teams in Class 5A and 6A will play as many as four games in eight days. Then they’ll have two or three days off to prepare for the most important game of the season — because if you lose the first game of the playoffs, there isn’t a second one.

This is the time of year when coaches want to fine-tune their teams to be ready for the postseason. Instead, the players will be on the court for games, in some cases creating bad playing habits, rather than in the practice gym breaking them.

“You want some level of consistency going into the playoffs, Putnam City North boys coach Rick Harris said. You want some sort of routine before the games really matter. That’s what scares you. You want to build momentum, and you want to put the finishing touches on your season, but it’s hard to do that when you don’t get to practice.”

Even when teams have been able to get in the gym for practice over the last couple weeks, much of the work they’re doing has turned out to be pointless. Two days of practice to prepare for one opponent becomes useless when that game gets postponed.

“It’s been tougher mentally than physically at this point. They’re always playing, but it’s tough to mentally be there every night with all the changes, said Edmond Memorial girls coach Shane Coffey.

Practices are tough — for coaches and players. You’re going into one practice, focused on one team. Then that game gets postponed. By the time you’re able to get back out there, you have to change your focus to the next team.”

Of course, coaches can try to turn that idea into a positive view. The playoffs will be full of quick turnarounds and quick scouting reports to prepare for the next opponent.

The smaller schools are in a tougher spot, having only been back in the gym for a week since the first snowstorm, and now the postseason is bearing down on them this weekend.

For instance, Washington will conclude a stretch of five games in eight days with a trip to Lexington tonight. That includes some lost practice time because of the midweek snow that canceled a couple days of school.

On Saturday — or Friday in many cases — the playoffs begin.

“It’s extremely difficult, Washington boys coach Larry Johnston said. Not only are you trying to win, but you’re trying to save bodies, too. It’s beating us up and we’re dealing with a lot of nagging injuries.

“We don’t do as many physical things in practice. We just try to polish up a few things, because we’re trying to stay as healthy as we can.”

Victories are all that matter to coaches right now. Sanity will have to wait.

Read more: http://newsok.com/lack-of-practices-messing-with-basketball-coaches-sanity/article/3540724#ixzz1Dx35jJWy

Oklahoma H.S. Coaches Dealing With A Lack Of Practices Due To Weather

NewsOK.com

Remember the scene near the end of “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson’s wife discovers a stack of papers next to the typewriter that Nicholson’s character had been banging on for weeks, supposedly writing a book?

All she found was page after page filled with the famous line, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, revealing his plunge toward insanity.

Consider the next two weeks basketball’s equivalent of the Overlook Hotel.

By the end of the month, somewhere locked in a gym basement, there’s going to be a coach hacking away on a laptop, churning out pages full of All games and no practice makes Jack a dull coach.

It’s a player’s dream, but a coach’s nightmare. Starting today, several teams in Class 5A and 6A will play as many as four games in eight days. Then they’ll have two or three days off to prepare for the most important game of the season — because if you lose the first game of the playoffs, there isn’t a second one.

This is the time of year when coaches want to fine-tune their teams to be ready for the postseason. Instead, the players will be on the court for games, in some cases creating bad playing habits, rather than in the practice gym breaking them.

“You want some level of consistency going into the playoffs, Putnam City North boys coach Rick Harris said. You want some sort of routine before the games really matter. That’s what scares you. You want to build momentum, and you want to put the finishing touches on your season, but it’s hard to do that when you don’t get to practice.”

Even when teams have been able to get in the gym for practice over the last couple weeks, much of the work they’re doing has turned out to be pointless. Two days of practice to prepare for one opponent becomes useless when that game gets postponed.

“It’s been tougher mentally than physically at this point. They’re always playing, but it’s tough to mentally be there every night with all the changes, said Edmond Memorial girls coach Shane Coffey.

Practices are tough — for coaches and players. You’re going into one practice, focused on one team. Then that game gets postponed. By the time you’re able to get back out there, you have to change your focus to the next team.”

Of course, coaches can try to turn that idea into a positive view. The playoffs will be full of quick turnarounds and quick scouting reports to prepare for the next opponent.

The smaller schools are in a tougher spot, having only been back in the gym for a week since the first snowstorm, and now the postseason is bearing down on them this weekend.

For instance, Washington will conclude a stretch of five games in eight days with a trip to Lexington tonight. That includes some lost practice time because of the midweek snow that canceled a couple days of school.

On Saturday — or Friday in many cases — the playoffs begin.

“It’s extremely difficult, Washington boys coach Larry Johnston said. Not only are you trying to win, but you’re trying to save bodies, too. It’s beating us up and we’re dealing with a lot of nagging injuries.

“We don’t do as many physical things in practice. We just try to polish up a few things, because we’re trying to stay as healthy as we can.”

Victories are all that matter to coaches right now. Sanity will have to wait.

Read more: http://newsok.com/lack-of-practices-messing-with-basketball-coaches-sanity/article/3540724#ixzz1Dx35jJWy






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