A Desclassificação do Basquetebol Feminino

Amigos do Basquete. Fico triste com a desclassificação do Basquete feminino para a Olimpíada do Japão.

Assisti os jogos contra Porto Rico e a França porém a Internet não funcionou e eu nao vi o jogo contra a Austrália.

Apesar do bom trabalho do técnico e da habilidade e talento de algumas de nossas jogadoras, o Brasil ainda peca na execução efetiva de alguns detalhes técnicos e estratégicos tanto no ataque quanto na defesa.

Detalhes estes que nos custaram a classificação especialmente no jogo contra Porto Rico. Por exemplo:

  1. Como marcar o cestinha da equipe adversária com e sem ajuda, especialmente se ela(s) têm que estar na quadra quase que o jogo inteiro.
  2. Como marcar jogadas de “high-low” entre as pivôs da equipe adversária.
  3. Como utilizar efetivamente a marcação por pressão meia- e quadra toda para mudança da fluência de jogo.
  4. Como isolar as principais cestinhas da equipe adversária no ataque, forçando-as a cometer falta.
  5. Como utilizar a marcação combinada na marcação da cestinha e ou da armadora adversária visando a destruição da fluência de ataque, equilíbrio ofensivo e a reduçãoda porcentagem de pontos por posse de bola da equipe adversária.
  6. Seleção de arremessos, como fazer que as jogadores venham a entender e a reconhecer as suas áreas de especialidade e a jogar utilizando ao máximo as suas características individuais em prol do conjunto da equipe.
  7. Como marcar efetivamente o pick and roll sem a troca defensiva.

Amigos, o basquetebol é simples e quando se chega a um certo nível, os detalhes e a falta de fundamentos passam a ser fatores importantíssimos e aí está a diferença entre o basquetebol brasileiro e o basquetebol praticado em países do primeiro mundo do esporte, especialmente nos EUA.

Os detalhes descritos acima têm que fazer parte do plano de jogo e da cultura de qualquer equipe especialmente a nível profissional.

Como consultor técnico, eu sou contratado para observar jogos e treinos de equipes de HS e universitárias e escrever relatórios analisando a performance da equipe no ataque e na defesa incluindo recomendações táticas e técnicas visando a melhora da performance da equipe durante a competição.

A análise técnica individual e por equipe faz parte do processo esportivo aqui nos EUA onde a troca de informação e know-how é uma coisa natural.

Neste processo, tive a oportunidade e o privilégio de oferecer meus serviços para os técnicos das seguintes entidades: UAB, UCLA, Stanford, Briarwood HS, Locust Fork HS, Homewood HS, Oakmountain GS, Thompson HS, Corner HS, Evangel Academy, entre outras.

Notem que nos sete anos que eu trabalhei como assistente técnico da UAB, uma das minhas responsabilidades era analisar os videos, naquela época VHS, das equipes adversárias e recomendar táticas ofensivas e defensivas a serem utilizadas nos nossos jogos contra estas equipes. Alguns de nossos adversários eram as equipes da: Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Louisville, Houston, St. Louis, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Tulane, entre outras.

Nestes 7 anos, analisei uma média de 300 vídeos por ano. Não era só escrever o que a equipe adversária fazia, mas entender o racional, a mente, do técnico durante os jogos em situações diferentes de jogo.

Felizmente este know-how adquirido no exterior, com esforço e sacrifício, é reconhecido nos EUA.

Boa sorte Brasil. Do fundo do coração desejo a vocês melhores dias. Nós, brasileiros, militando no basquetebol internacional, torcemos para o seu sucesso, para que não sejamos reconhecidos apenas como o país do futebol. A desclassificação de uma Olimpíada é um fator negativo para quem vive do esporte.

Tudo de bom. BRAZILLLLLL….

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The Journey

One leads a life of “service” through basketball; developing players and building successful programs while becoming an integral and contributing member of the community he serves.

He understands that preparation is the key. Using empirical and scientific knowledge, he leads his teams and programs to championship titles and builds winning cultures everywhere he coaches. Leaving behind coaches and players ready to take over and carry the torch.

In this process, he develops a game philosophy and a teaching/coaching methodology that is adjustable to different talent levels and characteristics of the players he coaches.

He is not in it for himself, he is in it for the challenge, the mission and the journey to serve through basketball.

He wants to continue to positively impact lives working cooperatively with others in this process.

He does not think he has all the answers, but he has the mileage, the experience and paid the price to acquire the know-how and wishes to share and contribute.

Coach Walter Carvalho

Preseason: Developing Your Team Covenant

I have used sports psychology group activities and tests during the preseason to find out more about my team, their individual and team goals for the season.

All is done anonimously. Once I collect the 3 most popular answers, that becomes part of our team covenant.

In one of the tests I ask 3 questions to the players.

1.List 3 individual goals for the season

2.List 3 team goals for the season

3.List 3 things that you can do to the player right and left of you to help him improve his game.

Throughout the season (practice and games), i don’t yell at them. I just remind them of our team and individual goals especially during the times that I feel were not as close and together as we should be.

Fortunately and with God’s blessing, I have lead teams to national titles and in the process developed a feeling for what is required to develop a winning culture even when coaching teams of inferior individual talent but superior in team work.

I do not want to coach a team where I want to win more than the players.

It has to come from them. They are the ones who are going to win. I am only a facilitator assisting them to reach their team goal/covenant.

Walter Carvalho

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Defense!

In This I Believe…

Pressure defense, rebound, and fast break are the keys to success in basketball.

I strongly believe that a team’s offense is generated by its defense. Often our best scoring opportunities are created by our aggressive defense.

Flow-Ball’s success is dependent upon our level of aggressiveness shown at the defensive end.

Our objective is to minimize and reduce the opponent’s field goal percentage and shot production /attempts per possession.

Efficient pressure defense enables a team to be better conditioned and skilled to play the game.

It improves stamina as well as the players’ reaction time. It also conditions players to perform their basketball skills at a higher pace, reading and reacting quickly to game situations.

Most of all, it instills and promotes teamwork, cooperation, confidence, determination, and pride, important ingredients to the development of team spirit and team cohesiveness “chemistry”.

I believe that an effective defensive system is the one that combines the fundamentals of man-to-man and zone defenses.

In our defensive system/game plan, opposing players are not guarded equally. We determine how each should be guarded. Based on their observed (scouting) characteristics (weaknesses/strengths), we classify the opposing players as:

1. Shooter – player(s) responsible for the bulk scoring of the team.

2. Passer – Role players

3. Dribbler – Players that like to attack the rim with and without the ball

4. To Control the offense – Players or key passes in the opponent’s offense scheme that produces shots and or offensive flow and balance.

For example, if player A is the shooter – our defensive goal will be to deny him the ball, minimizing his offensive touches. The goal is to minimize and reduce his shooting attempts and touches per possession during the game.

In summary, our defensive system is based on the analysis of the individual players characteristics and the importance of each player to the team’s offense based on the statistics collected during W and L games.

My team’s general defensive game plan is to force the opponent to react to the way we play defense, forcing them to play out of their usual flow and balance, while attempting to minimize their possession time, shot production and scoring percentage per possession during the game.

Controlling the rhythm of the game is an important factor in the competition. We train our team to slow teams down or speed them up,

To simplify the teaching of our defensive system, we have set five rules that cover different situations.

Rule 1 – Pass denial

Rule 2 – Penetration containment (pass, man and ball penetration)

Rule 3 – Front the post, bump and jam on cross screens inside the lane.

Rule 4 – Trap – trap ball screens, pick and roll.

Rule 5 – Boxout and Rebound

Note that the utilization of the above rules are adjusted and also utilized on a half- full- and extended press defense situations.

The application of our defensive game plan enabled my teams, composed of players of inferior individual talent, to defeat teams of superior talent.

I believe that basketball strategies, both offense and defense, need to be simple and adaptable to the individual characteristics of your team and the opponent. Your strategies and style of play can not be the same against every opponent. It must be adjusted to force the opponent out of their flow and rhythm while exploring your teams strengths to its maximum during the game.

Coach Walter Carvalho is the Owner of WA Sports Consulting. A company based on Birmingham, AL specialized in basketball consulting and training services to coaches, players and organizations.

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Success!

Playing With 2 Guards

FLOW-BALL is my game philosophy. It consists of aggressive defense and the utilization of an unpatterned transition game based on continuous ball and man movement and acute cuts to the basket.

In the execution of this philosophy, I often use a 2-point guard line up and below I describe why:

  1. Quality possession time
  2. Higher shooting percentage per possession
  3. Higher volume of shooting opportunities/attempts created per game
  4. Better and more efficient team conversion and transition
  5. Better offensive team balance
  6. More efficient ball and man movement and offensive flow
  7. Less turnovers per game
  8. Able to play defense more aggressively on and off the ball
  9. Makes my team less predictable at the offensive end
  10. Improves defensive rebounding as it keeps 3 big man closer to the basket
  11. Enables team to have better control of the rhythm of the game at both ends of the court
  12. Forces the other team to play small
  13. It improves the efficiency of my team’s defense a d offense
  14. Having players with back to the basket at low post ONLY makes a team more static and more predictable!
  15. I like to attack with five men facing the basket, especially when we play against teams that try to take advantage of their height and inside game

Our best offense is to force these big men to play defense away from the basket,  forcing them to foul out early and consequently change their defense to from individual to zone

I have a lit of fun playing with 2point guards. Why don’t you try it.

Think offense, that’s your best defense.

Success!

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Helping kids To Live their Dream And Have Fun In The Process

Last night I received a text message from two parents stating that their kids had played well at both ends of the floor, one finished the game with 16 pts and the other 23. Defeating the defending state champions in overtime.

One of the kids has been training with me privaley during the last 4 years and the other 1 year.

5 years ago I returned to the US after spending 20 years coaching overseas. During my career and due to my team’s achievements, I was selected to be the national team coach of Bahrain, UAE, and Brazil.

Prior to moving overseas, I served as Assistant Basketball Coach at UAB, at that time a member of Conference USA when the conference was at its peak. We played against powerhouse programs such as: DePaul, Marquette, Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati, Tulane among other top programs in the nation.

As UAB coach, one of my responsibilities was recruiting student-athletes for the program. We were looking for players who could fulfill their academic requirements and have the athletic ability to be trained and make us competitive.

This was not an easy task, but it was one responsibility that I took as a challenge. With hard work, determination and support, we became one of the top programs in our conference and in the nation.

The rule in the program was, let’s find athletic players and hand them to Coach C. He will make them D1 players. I accomplished the goal set for the program.

My first professional agreement was signed in Brazil where one could only become a senior team coach, if they coached the younger divisions. So before I was granted the opportunity, I coached the mini-basket and the under 15, 17 and 20 years of age teams. This requirement made me a better coach and teacher of the game.

Now 25+ years later, I am a much better coach and player developer. I study and research the game. Always looking for new methods and information that can add value to my Flow-Ball coaching philosophy and the electronic books I have published. In this process, I thank God for having had the opportunity of working and observing the work of top international coaches from different countries such as: Brazil, USA, Yougoslavia, Russia and countries in the Middle East and Asia. To name a few: Waldir Boccardo, Ary Vidal, Guillermo Veccio, Marcelo Cocada, Paulo Murilo, Gene Bartow, Murry Bartow, Vincent Angotti, Petrovich, Joe Harrington, D. Hobbs, Bill Ivey, Don Meyers, etc.

During the last 5 years, since my return to the USA, I have trained and helped players of various ages, levels and experiences to make their school teams, play at the next level and grow as individuals and citizens through participation in basketball.

I’m currently training players who are, now, ready to play the next level and are receiving letters of invitation to visit D1 and D2 school campuses.

When I train my players, I train them to be specialists of the sport and not of the position. I am currently coaching 3 players at 6’4ish and one 6’8 who are being trained to play in and out and develop an efficient shooting ability equal to players I trained in Asia and Europe.

In my coaching career, I have lead teams to National League titles and national teams to the highly coveted competitions such as the Olympic Games, Asia Games, Asia Champions Cup, etc.

As a coach, my dream and goal is to work collaboratively with other coaches in an organization that has the goal and the vision of reaching the sky within the rules and norms of the institutions and basketball governing bodies.

For that reason, I’m writing this text as I am looking for a coaching opportunity.

I’m a man of character and a loyal team member willing to join a team in pursuit of excellence.

Thank you.

Walter Carvalho

How to Increase Point Production During A Game

Without wasting time, I’d like to go straight to the point.

In Flow-Ball, my team goal is to maximize our shot attempts and consequently our point production per possession during a game against any opponent.

In order to achieve this goal, my players are trained and taught to:

  1. Play defensive aggressively, keeping the ball away from the opponent’s s top scorers in the attempt to minimize their offensive touches during the game as well as shot attempts per possession.
  2. Attack the basket and take the first high-percentage shot opportunity with the understanding that a high percentage shot is the one taken in his area of strength. If they are not in their area of strength, they don’t have the green light to take the shot, as our goal is to maximize our shooting percentage per possession.
  3. Press and use combined defenses. If we are not scoring out of our offense flow, we like to extend the game and press the opponent in the attempt to minimize their possession time and shot attempts per possessions while increasing ours. The point is, if we aren’t scoring well, we want to speed up the game so we can regain possession of the ball as quickly as possible.

When preparing for a game, we like to study the opponent’s numbers, stats and characteristics. I honestly believe that every team has an “Achilles tendon” and in the game planning process, we thoroughly analyze our opponent’s players performances during wins and losses and compare the numbers.

  1. Who are their best scorers and how many shots do they take per game on an average during a W and a L. Based on those numbers, we determine how we are going to play each player.
  2. If the opponent, for example, has an average of 60 possessions and 50 shot attempts per game, Our goal will be to minimize it and produce at least 10-20 more possessions and shooting attempts for our team during the game.

When we enter the court, we enter to try our best to win the game regardless of the opponent. We respect every opponent, but they better be prepared to play us.

In summary, if I want to increase my shot production per game. I must,

  1. Defend aggressively according to the individual characteristics and importance of the player for his team.
  2. Rebound – defensively – eliminate second chance opportunities
  3. Keep the ball away from opponent’s top scorers and deny ball reversals to opponents point guard. Keeping them off balance and flow is a MUST.
  4. Make sure that my players take high percentage shots during each possession, based on the their ability to score in their area of strength.

Lowering the opponent’s average shooting percentage and shot production per game during the game has allowed my teams to defeat teams with superior talent.

Success!

Walter

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