Doug Collins Coaching U Basketball Clinic Notes

Doug Collins Coaching U Basketball Clinic Notes


Doug Collins has been around the game of basketball for 40 years, and he has experienced the game from a player’s standpoint and a basketball coaching one. He was the number 1 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1973, and he most recently finished up his coaching career with them. Coach Collins has a wealth of knowledge about the game of basketball, and any coach that is interested in growing and getting better should listen to what he has to say when he speaks.

These basketball coaching clinic notes will cover some of Doug Collins’ experiences in his 40 years around the game of basketball. Hopefully, they will help you as a coach learn some of the do’s and don’ts of coaching and save you some frustration in the future.


Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes


  • The great thing about basketball – you work as hard as you can to individually get better so that your team can win
  • Trust – once you build it up, you can speak the truth to your players
  • Truth without trust is Chaos
  • Talent doesn’t decide where you end up; it’s your voices and your choices
    • HALT – players most vulnerable at this time
      • Hungry
      • Angry
      • Lonely
      • Tired

  • James Collins – being a coach in terms of a bus
    • Get the right people on the bus
    • Must get them sitting in the right seats
  • No greater competition that the man on the bench who wants your minutes
  • What can I control?
    • Best conditioned
    • Well prepared
    • Reward my players that are the best competitors
  • The goal is not for you to like me today; it is for you to love me tomorrow
  • Don’t ever have a rule that you won’t enforce with your best players
  • As a coach, DON’T EVER BE LATE; you instantly lose your credibility with players
  • Roles
    • Believe in your role
    • Stay in your role
    • Star in your role
  • Tape is damning – the more you watch, the more negative you get
  • Never as bad as you thought or as good as you thought
  • Build your team/program brick by brick
    • If you want to go fast, go alone
    • If you want to go far, go together
  • Coach as a team builder
    • Whose lives did you effect?
  • Always end your practice on a positive note, even if it is before you planned to end
  • 3 things you must give a team
    • Faith
    • Hope
    • Life
  • What am I doing this for?
    • If you’re doing it for the right reasons, you will find a way to win


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