As a coach, I’m always looking to get a competitive advantage over my opponent. One of my core philosophies is as follows:
“Offenses should attack the weaknesses of the defense. Defenses should attack the strengths of the offense. Whichever team imposes their will on the other, usually will be the winner.”
This philosophy may be applied at an individual level, as well.
For instance, when a slower player is covering a faster player, the faster player should use speed to their advantage. When a smaller player is guarding a bigger player, the bigger player should go near the goal, demand for the ball and use their physicality to their advantage!
What I’m describing is called barbeque chicken time!!!
Barbeque chicken time is when there’s an obvious mismatch that can be exploited. So much so, that you’re looking to feast on it like your eating a delicious piece of barbeque chicken! My players know that when I yell, “Barbeque chicken”, it means take advantage of a matchup!
At Youth Hoops Basketball Camps, we’re constantly preaching basketball IQ, and identifying your competitive advantage in every situation. We teach our campers to be thinkers. Think 2 – 3 moves ahead. Play chess, not checkers.