Rick Barnes, Head Coach

 As tournament time approaches close games become a way of life for coaches and teams on all levels. Successful teams are prepared for end of the game situations. It is often this five or ten minutes a day which coaches spend on end of the game situations that makes the difference between a district title, a berth in the state tournament or a disappointing trip home.

 It is very important to not assume that your players know what to do! Try to work on special situations every day.

 Here are some questions all coaches should ask themselves. The answers will vary according to your personal philosophy and your teamís strengths.

· In a tie game, would you ever foul to get the last possession?

· Do you push the ball and play or call a timeout to set up the last shot?

· Is your team prepared to deny the ball to one great foul shooter?

· How do you intentionally miss a free throw?

· With a three-point lead, do you foul before a three-point shot is taken?

· Do your players know when to foul?

· Do you have a sign or call so your players know to foul without alerting
the other team?

· Do you have visual signs for all of your players to ensure communication
In loud environments where verbal calls may not be heard?

· When do you start taking 3ís in order to catch up? Do you have a hurry-
up offense designed to get you quality shots in less time?

· Do you save your timeouts or do you use them early to keep your kids in
The game?

· Do you have your list of special situation plays on the bench with you so
You can refer to them in pressure situations?

.........Thanks to the University of Texas for sending this article to Basketballs Best.