UIUC KIN 369 - Observation Assignment 3 (2 pages)

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University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign
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Kin 369 - Coaching Strategies
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Observation 3 Randy Davis Kin 369 Coaching Strategies I completed my third observation on Thursday December 14th I observed University High School s head coach Darin O Connell and his varsity basketball team during their practice from 4 5 30pm at Kenney Gym on the corner of Springfield Avenue and Wright Street I found this observation to be the most enjoyable of the three and I felt coach O Connell did a great job demonstrating pedagogical aspects of coaching such as practice preparation team athlete management instruction and professionalism Before practice began coach O Connell explained to me all his plans for the practice He informed me that they had a game the following night so this practice would mostly focus on fine tuning their game plan He also told me that he spent several hours of the previous night watching the opposing team s film and had a few key points to explain to his team I thought it was very useful that coach O Connell thoroughly watched the opposing team s game film It proved its use when he demonstrated techniques to counteract some common plays used by the opposing team I felt the activities and material were planned at an appropriate level and prepared them for their next game I would have prepared for and planned practice just the same When I talked with coach O Connell before practice began he mentioned that because of the strict requirements to get into University High School all their students are exceptional so he has had zero academic or behavioral issues with any of his athletes It s necessary for your athletes to maintain good academics and behavior and it s quite beneficial knowing your athletes have no troubles doing so Coach O Connell used consistent practice organization so the team always knew what drills were next and where they needed to be He utilized some of the transitions between activities for teaching while he kept some transitions very short to help condition his athletes During practice coach O Connell made sure to



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