National Teams are not born or are made overnight. They develop through a sound organizational structure, well-planned and designed by a competent and experienced staff.
Each National Federation is responsible for establishing a structure that offers insight, control and direction of the National Teams program. It should be a priority to have an organization which we should all be proud of in order to encourage teams to be our top national representation in national competitions.
The program of the National Team should be established and developed using the experiences in the past decades on international competitions as resources for building development. History should be there to not repeat past mistakes and so we can learn from them.
The goal is to select a group of players to represent our country in international competition on the highest ethical values and principles of competition. This whole process should be guided under a philosophy and goals directed by a body of professional men committed to strengthening the international competitive program to win and be an example on and off the court.
It should be understood that it is possible to develop a high-level structure aware of their limitations and strengths. But we must recognize that without a structure, human, economic, and competent managers it would be very difficult to transform the desire of any country of seeing a professional modern basketball National Team.
Planning and training of modern basketball involves major structural changes, with all its implications for physical, mental and administrative development focused on building national teams with real experts. National teams should function as a business unit, with several departments that focus on different specific aspects of the National Teams Program.
The responsibility of each National Federation is to provide a development plan to select and give a group of promising players the best opportunities to invest in their game and to develop their competitive skills. Attention to development is an essential part of the program.
The National Federation should have as a priority in their evolution, introducing and scheduling a systematic process for monitoring, discovering and strengthening the physical and technical skills of talented players in service of their respective national teams.
It is important to establish a list of requirements or criteria for selecting future players to be part of the National Teams. From the beginning, the main focus should be the selection of a good team unit to develop excellent teamwork.
Players in modern basketball should have strict requirements for training in their national teams, including physical characteristics and skills but also the technical performance requirements with respect to the personality of the players, the status of their health, social status and psychological knowledge and ethical aspects of their life.
The National Coach
The national coach is the key person in developing the plan of national teams. He is a role model for the knowledge and personal credibility. He must play the role of guide, organizer, planner and coordinator of the team.
The coach, with the help of expert assistants, need to make the final selection and final decisions of the team, because he knows their needs. This means that to achieve positive results, a successful coach must have the quality of a successful commercial director.
He must surround himself with good and competent assistants, who must be loyal, believing in his philosophy, working, committed and who know the game. His goal should be to develop a program that has continuity in its philosophy and a style of play that provide goals developed for the national team program.
They must develop a sense of teamwork and emphasize that the players need to be examples on both sides, inside and outside the court. They should know that wearing the shirt of his country is to defend and respect the institution of basketball through their examples.
Discipline and Rules
A national team coach must anticipate and plan their actions in case problems occur with individual players and groups within and outside the team.
It is his duty to establish a set of disciplinary rules to achieve a good attitude and appropriate behavior in achieving good results.
There must be rules that form the basis and backbone of the team. The National Team Coach should be firm, fair and consistent. His duty is to establish the rules from the first day of practice.
The practice should serve to establish its vision, goals and strategies to follow, accompanied by his technical philosophy. The coach must plan to win, while ensuring maximum improvement of the most promising players and the quality of team development.
The coach should have his own coaching philosophy, which represents the ideas of how to play basketball coach, based on the principles of sport.
From day one, the coach's efforts should be focused on the following achievements:
- The long-term plans for promising players to reach their maximum level of responsibility for physical and mental preparation of the team.
- The expert's knowledge and preparation for daily instruction.
- The motivation of the players for the game.
- Game plan and strategy
- Evaluation and recommendations.
There should be no room for improvisation, nor room for ignorance in the implementation of National Teams Project. Everything is planned and structured with professional responsibility to be an example to the society that supports them.
About the author: One of the most significant coaches in basketball both in Puerto Rican and international levels, promoter of a new basketball, and the voice of coaches in America, Mr. Victor 'Vitito' Ojeda coached the Puerto Rico National Team in 1978 and has one of the highest winning percentages in the history of Puerto Rican basketball.
Courtesy of www.guyanabasketball.com
NCBL competition to be completed this month - Jan 2, 2013
the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) is expected to be completed in January of the New Year due to some challenges faced by the organisers.
The tournament which is at its semi-final stage went dormant when the Linden protests began earlier in the year.
After the uprising which stalled the Linden teams from coming to Georgetown to play in the semifinal, the organisers faced venue problems to conclude the tournament [read more]
the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) is expected to be completed in January of the New Year due to some challenges faced by the organisers. The tournament which is at its semi-final stage went dormant when the Linden protests began earlier in the year. After the uprising which stalled the Linden teams from coming to Georgetown to play in the semifinal, the organisers faced venue problems to conclude the tournament. However, co-tournament organiser Bobby Cadogan issued that the tournament is at a stage where it needs to be concluded. The NCBL is at a stage where it needs to be completed and we are looking to complete it in January, Cadogan told Guyana Times Sport. Cadogan also pointed out that while the tournament is facing challenges, they are looking to complete it and come bigger in 2013.
AS Apollon Patras strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fair Dickinson). Klaiber played most recently at Iwate Big Bulls (Japan). While playing 32 games for Iwate Big Bulls last season he averaged 13.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. He is a very experienced player. Klaiber played also pro basketball in Argentina, Hungary and Venezuela [read more]
AS Apollon Patras strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fair Dickinson). Klaiber played most recently at Iwate Big Bulls (Japan). While playing 32 games for Iwate Big Bulls last season he averaged 13.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. He is a very experienced player. Klaiber played also pro basketball in Argentina, Hungary and Venezuela. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Washington D.C Jammers edged the Guyana national team on Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the International All Star Weekend basketball contest.Action between DC Jammmers and the Guyana National team at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Saturday nightGuyana almost won but blew it in the final seconds when three attempted jumpers from beyond the arc failed to find the bottom of the net. As a result, D.C Jammers won 65-62 [read more]
Washington D.C Jammers edged the Guyana national team on Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the International All Star Weekend basketball contest.
Action between DC Jammmers and the Guyana National team at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Saturday night Guyana almost won but blew it in the final seconds when three attempted jumpers from beyond the arc failed to find the bottom of the net. As a result, D.C Jammers won 65-62. For D.C Jammers, Glenn Stokes (170-PG-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American) had 20 points, Joseph Flegler (183-G-85, college: Savannah St.) 12, and Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fair Dickinson) and Steffon Farley (203-F, college: Adelphi) added eight points apiece. For Guyana, forward Ryan Gullen (C) top scored with 14 points; point guard, Travis Burnett (183-88) scored 13, shooting guard, Stephan Gillis 12 and Akeem Kanhai (183-G-91) 10 points. The first period ended 12-7 with Guyana comfortably in command and D.C Jammers struggling offensively. However, the Jammers went on a 13-3 run with Flegler and Klaiber working together in transition to give them a 20-15 lead midway through the period. But Guyana, fought back into the game with Kanhai and Gullen finishing unanswered plays to regain the lead. The first half 28-24 with Guyana ahead; both teams traded points in the third period with Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, college: Armstr.Atlantic) dishing a pass to Klaiber for more highlights. Guyana managed to hold on to a 44-44 deadlock at the end of the penultimate quarter. Guyana went up early in the last period, but a double-technical call against them returned some momentum to the D.C Jammers, who took advantage. Stokes landed two big three-pointers that set Jammers off on a run. With 1:23 left to play in regulation time, Guyana was then gifted with three possessions that Gillis and Kanhai both squandered. Earlier in the night, the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) All-Stars blew away the Brooklyn/Queens Bulldogs 92-47. Fabian Johnson scored 17 points for the NCBL All-Stars while Jason Squires added 14 points. Dominique Douglas, Nikkoloi Smith and Rodwell Fortune supported with 10 points each for the NCBL All-Stars. Marlon Thornton scored 19 points for the Brooklyn/Queens Bulldogs with Ashford Johnson adding nine points. The NCBL International Series continues tonight with the Bulldogs coming up against the Jammers in the feature game. (By the Guyana Times)
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