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DON'T OVERLOOK THE SECOND UNIT

January 10, 2013
Richmond High School



There's no question that starters are the key to winning games at any level, but don't overlook the importance of your second unit. Although the second unit may not ultimately be responsible for winning, these players certainly can keep you from winning.  I want to give you some thoughts about what the second unit means at the high school level. 

•  They have to bring an incredible energy level to the game.  They send the message, “We are here to compete tonight!”

•  They play at a high level of execution.  They stay away from making it a quick shoot, playground game.

•  They make an immediate impact on the game.  They understand that it must be a positive impact!

•  They dive, take charges, and defend with urgency.  They understand that these are the areas that make the most difference.

•  They get stops and get out on the break.  They understand that defense must be their trademark.  They get stops, and then get scores.

•  They move the ball and take high percentage shots.  They get a good shot every time down the floor -- not just any shot.

•  They take their role as a member of the second unit very seriously.  They know they are very important to winning!

•  They understand that each of them has a specific role.  They let shooters shoot, ballhandlers handle the ball, defensive stoppers guard the opponent's best player -- and simply do what they are asked to do!

•  This second unit is so productive at what they do that they create their own identity.

 Very few teams in any sport reach championship status without a premium being placedon the formation and development of the second unit!


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