3 questions to constantly ask your players about the shot clock:
- What does it mean when there is :10 on the shot clock? Nothing, we keep running our offense.
- What does it mean when there is :05 on the shot clock? We need to get downhill and make a play. Great teams get to the rim.
- What does it mean when the crowd starts counting down the shot clock? Nothing. Look at the shot clock. It will never lie to you.
Train your players that every time a whistle blows they should look at the shot clock. It’s always right in front of you, lit up in red. It’s your job to know what is on it.
We also never called out the number on the shot clock to our team. We always just said “shot clock” to make them aware of it when the ball went out of bounds. We might have a play called 2 or 3 or 4, but we don’t have a play called “shot clock,” and I don’t want them to confuse the two.