Program Staples of Reitz Basketball

Michael Adams, Reitz High School, Evansville, IN

When you asked me to share, I was honored and humbled.  I know as the years keep passing by, more than 30 years now, that I find myself wondering more and more, how are other coaches doing things?  Am I way off or out of touch with how things should be done in this day and age? 

I wish I had the opportunity to go out and study and see how others are doing things.  I would love to be able to go visit other programs, and watch practices, sit in on coaching meetings, film sessions, scouting reports, X and O with them, and on and on.  Obviously, this would be difficult and unrealistic since we are all coaching and busy with our own teams.  I’m sure that I’m probably not the only coach that has these thoughts. 

Young and old coaches alike would embrace this opportunity.  Since we can’t do this, I believe things like going to clinics, reading, talking to other coaches, watching videos, getting involved with things like “Feel for the Game” are always good alternatives to fill this void. 

With these thoughts in mind, I thought I would share some things we have done at Reitz.

  • The first is a letter I sent to all of our players when it was obvious we were not going to be able to meet because of the pandemic. 
  • The second is titled “Panther Absolutes”.  Things we feel must happen to have success as a team. 
  • The third are some thoughts on creating a good “Culture”. 

There are so many other things that we could include, but hopefully these few things will give you a glimpse into some of the things we do and believe in.  I hope this helps someone and don’t hesitate to contact me if you think I could help you in any way.  Stay safe and blessings.

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