Pre-Game Warm Up

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Watch the other team to see how they warm up. If you notice chaos, no structure, dropped balls and no talking this would usually indicate and win for your team.
On arrival to the courts the focus should begin. Your team should look like a unit. Try to have them in the same uniform (eg warm up shirts), matching bags and strapped ready to play.
A team that saunters in with thongs, not strapped, jewellery still on, different clothing and sitting apart before warm up lacks focus and unity.
Let us take a look at what the warm up should include:
• Motivational team talk by coach half hour before match play
• Dynamic warm up or your choice of pre-drill warm up (eg stretch routine)
• Captain organises team into warm up drills
• Separate shooters and let them have a 10 minute specialist warm up
• Rest of players start with a simple drill so there are no drops and everyone can begin to focus on the job ahead
• Players (excluding shooters) have a ball between two and go through pairs drills
• Team combines for team drills
• Ten/five minutes to go team named and bibs on
• Last team drill with efficiency, precision and accuracy. All talking all ready to hit the court
• Final words from coach
• Team cheers and on they go
As a coach you have a personal preference whether to name your team during the team talk or just before they go on. If you were to coach the ANZ Championship you wouldn’t name your team five minutes before play begins but this strategy does work to encourage all players to put in effort during warm up. Some players might be upset at not being named in the starting seven and have a negative impact on the teams focused warm up.
An idea is to ask your players what drills they would like in their warm up. Let the team own their warm up by designing it themselves. Of course, if they include a drill you don’t agree with, you would have the final say. Practice this warm up and include your drink breaks so come game time this is an automatic behaviour. I believe all players should feel like they have already played a quarter so when they go on the court it’s as though they are just about to play their second quarter. Players shouldn’t go on and use the first quarter as a warm up.
Players that are tired, harbouring an injury, suffering a sickness or lacking motivation will reveal themselves in the warm up. Be attentive as their behaviour in the warm up may change your decision for the starting seven.
Coaching is about giving your players to skills to perform on court. It’s encouraging them to be the best they can be personally and as a team. A strong warm up is the process before a game. It is a time to focus and believe in themselves. You trust them and they trust you.
Have a great game!
Highlight ‘Coaching Resources’ and you will find ‘Warm Ups’ under the drop down box. There are five warm ups to choose from. Have a look at all five and you may decide to pick out drills to design your own.
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Written by Melissa O’Brien