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Have More Fun - SAVI Performance - Issue #51

SAVI Performance
Wanna race?
Every human on the planet understands this - in every race there’s a winner and there’s a loser.
Racing is the best speed training. Why?
The desire to compete pushes people to give their best effort.
Each time your team gets the ball, each player should race their opponent between the arcs. This establishes an offensive advantage that you’ll keep the entire possession.
That’s the first principle of Race and Space that helps programs score more points, develop better players, and have more fun.
Offense is fun, here’s how you can keep it that way👇.

TYLER COSTON | SAVI Performance
When we complicate a game we slow it down. When we control the players, we remove the joy.

When we slow it down, talk too much, and put in too many rules the game isn’t fun to watch, coach, or play.
Wanna play tag? 
Tag is a simple game. Someone’s chasing and someone’s spacing. 
Tag is the best cleverness training. Why? 
As long as you can keep space between you and the person chasing you, you win. The desire to compete pushes you to creativity, fakes, and acceleration.
That’s the second principle of Race and Space that helps programs score more points, develop better players, and have more fun. 
Playing games is fun. Basketball is a game just like a foot race or a game of tag. Those games are fun to play because the objective is simple. 
When we complicate a game we slow it down. When we control the players, we remove the joy. When we slow it down, talk too much, and put in too many rules the game isn’t fun to watch, coach, or play.
Less Rules = More fun.
Every coach wants to play more in transition. Every coach knows that you get more efficient shots in transition than you do against a set defense.
Basketball is a game of opposites. 
What are the hardest things to teach your team to do? I’d bet that transition defense made the list.
Except now, we’re going to get better at the opposite (of transition defense). That’s transition offense.
When you commit to Race and Space principles you are capitalizing on the weakness of your opponents. You aren’t just improving your transition play.
The ability to make reads and execute skills at speed will improve your offense against a set defense, too.
Spacing is how you create separation between each offensive player and their defender. We don’t just space once and stand there, we play tag the entire time we are in possession of the ball.
If a player has the ball they are attacking the advantage, if they don’t have the ball they are spacing for advantage. 
Each of the ten layers teaches players how to execute those two principles in the situations they will be in most often. 
The best teachers build systems that develop:
  • Skills - identify and improve what players do most
  • Roles - clarify constraints and objectives
  • Reads - make better decisions faster
A SAVI (savvy) coach knows that playing fast and getting a quick shot isn’t the goal. Getting a better shot is. When your system includes skills, roles and reads, your players will thrive.
The effectiveness of your offense always comes down to what types of shots your offense is generating. The team that creates better shots over the course of a game will be more successful. 
Race and Space simplifies offense to get you better shots more often.
Simplicity Wins
The best thing you can do to improve your offense this season is SIMPLIFY. Write down everything you want your team to do on offense. Everything you plan to teach them. This includes your roles, shot selection, sets, actions, OB package, press break, skill development, etc. 
How many pages would you fill? I work with coaches who have notebooks filled with hundreds of pages.
Once you have your list, cut it down ruthlessly until everything you teach this season fits on a single 3x5 notecard. This will be more fun for you, too. Trust me. You’ll stress less and teach more.
As you simplify and eliminate complexity your team’s execution improves.
SAVI Tip
SAVI tip: Shock your next hiring committee and come in with your binder and your notecard. Say, this is what I’ve learned - show them the thick binder. Then say, this is what my team will execute - show them the notecard. 
You’ll show your wisdom and it will set you apart. 
Take Action
I created SAVI Performance to revolutionize the way the game is taught and played. North American coaches are too complex and come from a long tradition of control. 
A player led team will outperform a coach led team. 
When players feel empowered to lead, play fast and free, they have more fun. When they have more fun they are more engaged in the process. 
Players that enjoy practice give better effort and get better results. 
I take programs through 8 weeks of in-season training on how to simplify their offensive or defensive systems. I help them teach better, sharpen their tools and establish an IDENTITY of commitment. 
There are a few spots remaining, so click here if you want to join a cohort of coaches that are leveling up with me this season.
If you want to learn more about how to Race and Space, here’s a link to three free videos, including a brand new Zone Action.
I’m here to help, Tyler
The Race & Space Offense
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Tyler Coston
Tyler Coston @tylercoston

I coach coaches.

Christ Follower. Keynote Speaker. Program Clinician. Creator of the LockLeft Defense, Race&Space Offense & SAVI Shooting System.

Email me at coachtylercoston@savi-life.com for booking.

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