About CoachMikeBailey

Head Boys' Basketball Coach - St. Patrick High School (Chicago)

Personal Accountability

The following is from Mike Bailey, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Saint Patrick High School (Chicago):

As I study successful teams, I see a common characteristic very clearly. Every one of these teams has a person or people who hold themselves personally accountable. These are special people who only need a coach to teach them what and how to do something then they take it and run with it. They understand that a major part of their job is to be self-disciplined and personally accountable for their improvement. These are special players and people.

These players:

  • Don’t blame others first; instead they look first for what they contributed (or didn’t contribute) to the situation.
  • Don’t complain instead they look for ways to correct things that aren’t working.
  • Get things done now – they don’t put things off.
  • Always give more than they ask of others.
  • Always look to take on as much as they can handle, rather than look to pass things on to others all the time.
  • Do the work that isn’t required, knowing that it simply  has to get done – extra shots, extra weight training, extra film viewing, etc. – without constantly needing a coach to tell them to work.
  • Hold others accountable for their jobs and roles because they know the importance of accountability as it relates to winning, this creates collective responsibility.
  • Always are the most trusted players on a team – by coaches and players.

Concepts for an Effective Defense

A good defensive team may take some chances in the full or half court areas. They may mix their defenses in various ways. But a great defensive team is always solid in the scoring area. If we make this commitment, we can be good as any team defensively.

To excel in team defense, you must be willing to do certain things:

• Put playing defense high on your list of priorities – have pride in playing it as an individual and team.

• Talk on defense.

• Be willing to give yourself up to help on defense. We are always defending against penetration; each man defends his man, the ball, and the foul lane.

• Be willing to identify with the rebound and loose ball.

• Have the courage to be physical – to put your body on people, to make the first hit on block outs, and to defend cutters.

Once we are committed as a team to playing the most consistent defensive game possible, our basic plan in setting our half-court defense then follows:

• Be a great transition team. Stop the fast break, easy sideline break, or easy early offense shot. Make the opponent have to play us 5 on 5, not 2 on 1.

• Push the ball to a sideline so we can establish a strong side defense. Then, we can set our weak side help defense and make the try to beat us on the entry side of the court.

• Stop easy penetrations and swings to the weak side by having our team defense set quickly. 

• Stop the low post attack. Prevent easy passes in and also prevent scores, if the ball does get inside (i.e. weak side help, trap, etc.).

• Rotate to cover up any opponent who was left open because one of our defensive teammates left to attack a penetrating drive or low post pass.

In the end, each player must commit himself to his teammates. He must be willing to say he will give his best to help his teammates get the defensive job done. It is not enough to say, “I’ll get mine, you get yours.” You must be willing to say, “I’ll get mine and yours too, when you need me.”

By being willing to give help to attack every penetration into our defense and to rotate to every open man we will be able to challenge every shot in good shooting range.

When the day arrives that each teammate feels we are going to war together and that each man has his teammates to back him up, we will have a team we can be proud of, and one that will win consistently.

Coach Quotes on the Importance of Defense

“You win in this league on defense.” – George Allen on the NFL

“Winning is more related to good defense than good offense.” – Dr. Jack Ramsey on the NBA

“My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions.” – John Wooden, UCLA

“It’s fun to play defense. It’s fun to watch the opponent sweat on offense, start complaining to the officials, and eventually be taken out of the game because he’s making so many offensive mistakes.” – Maury John, former college coach

“Defense is the great equalizer. It’s the chief characteristic of the champion and the trademark of the underdog.” – Dr. Jack Ramsey

Notes on Reasons Players Reach Their Potential and Commitment

Reasons Players Reach Their Potential
1. High tolerance for pain and hard work.

2. High basketball IQ. Student of the game.

3. Unselfish. Thing TEAM before self.

4. Intangibles in your game. Make hustle plays.

5. Good training habits and physical conditioning.
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Communicative Players

1. Do not isolate themselves from others. Keep your team together. Do not let players or groups do their own thing.

2. Make it easy for teammates to communicate with them. Great leaders and communicators are easily accessible by their teammates. Most communication problems can be solved by proximity.

3. Follow the 24-hour rule. When conflict arises, many ignore the problem. Time DOES NOT heal wounds. Talk through issues or they will grow.

4. Give attention to potentially difficult relationships. Put time into these relationships.

5. Follow up important communication in writing. The more difficult the level of communication, the more important it is to work to keep it clear and simple. Ex. playbooks, vows, contracts, etc.

Credit: Jerry Wainwright’s Basketball Notes

Notes from Dale Brown’s Readings on Leadership Pt. I

1. No leader is exempt from criticism, and his humility will nowhere be seen more clearly than in the manner in which he accepts and reacts to it.

2. Anyone who steps into the arena of leadership must be prepared to pay a price. True leadership exacts a heavy toll on the whole person and the more effective the leadership, the higher the price! The leader must soon face the fact that he will be a target of critical darts. Unpleasant though it may sound, you haven’t really led until you have become familiar with the stinging barbs of the critic. Good leaders must have thick skin.

3. Every leader must develop the ability to measure the value or worth of criticism. He has to determine the source and the motive, and he has to listen with discernment. Sometimes the best course of action is to respond without facing opposition.

4. It is impossible to lead anyone without facing opposition.

5. It is essential to face opposition in prayer.

6. Few people can live in the lap of luxury and maintain their spiritual, emotional, and moral equilibrium. Sudden elevation often disturbs balance, which leads to pride and a sense of self-sufficiency and then, a fall. It’s ironic, but more of us can hang tough through a demotion than through a promotion.
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Tom Brady and Work

From today’s Daily Bailey:

Few outside the Patriots locker room know about the blue-collar work ethic that drives Tom Brady, 30, to be the first player to arrive at One Patriot Place, typically before the sun rises.

“Tom’s the first one here, the last one to leave,” receiver Wes Walker says. “He’s here at 6 a.m. and he can be here until 5, 6, and 7 each night. It’s probably the biggest part of his game – how hard he works, the way he sets such a great example. He’s on top of his stuff. And you’ve got to make sure you’re on top of yours.”

It’s as if Brady punches the clock on purpose at 6 a.m. daily to remind himself of that sixth-round slight in 200 when six quarterbacks were selected ahead of the 199th overall pick out of Michigan.

“Tom works like he’s a rookie,” tight end Kyle Brady says. “He’s not lost the hunger for the rings. He wants to be the best quarterback he can possibly be.”

Man Quick Hitter: “Shamrocks” High/Low Action

#2 and #3 cross and receive screens from #4 and #5
#1 passes to either wing, in this case to #3
#1 makes a cut to the ball side corner

#4 screens away from the ball for #5
#4 flashes to the top of the key after the screen
#3 can pass directly to #3 or to #4 at the top

#4 looks to go high/low with #5
If the high/low option is not open, #4 reverses the ball to #2
#5 follows the ball
#4 and #3 set a double staggered screen away for #1