Category: Sideline Slants

Getting to the line is half of the battle

Making free throws can help sway the outcome of close games. Of course, if your team can?t get to the free-throw line, it?s hard to make them. Last month, I sought input on free-throw shooting from my panel of three basketball coaching experts?Don Brubacher, director of athletics at Hillsdale College and longtime men?s basketball coach at Tabor College; Rusty Allen, […]

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When practice doesn?t lead to free-throw shooting perfection

College and high school coaches around the country are proving that practice does not make perfect, at least when it comes to making free throws. Even the best free-throw-shooting teams in the country sink only about 77 percent of their attempts. Counting games through Jan. 24, Wichita State was eighth nationally in free- throw percentage, making 75.5 percent of its […]

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Out with the old, in with new money-making ideas

Much of a child?s education occurs outside the classroom. Take the frequent fundraisers? please. For some reason, band programs were the most notorious for fundraising projects when I was in school. We sold candy bars and magazine subscriptions among other things, and the school?s band program, in turn, got the profit. Those of us gullible enough to take this fundraising […]

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A conversation with McCarty

The architect of one of the great turnarounds in Tabor College football history is Tim McCarty. After turning the program around, he left Hillsboro to take the head coaching job at East Central Oklahoma Univer?sity, an NCAA Division II program. McCarty then tasted what it was like at the Division I level when he was one of the top assistants […]

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Gardner will need time to retool Tabor back to gridiron success

During the past 40 years, with the possible exception of maybe four or five years, there never has been much excitement in Bluejay nation about Tabor football, much less coaching searches. Coaches came. Coaches left. Recruits came, but after a year or two, most left. Tabor has hired a lot of coaches in its football history. Most were not met […]

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Putting football in perspective: a lesson worth learning

Football and niceness don?t typically go together. Football is a rough and often violent game. However, the following story reminds us that football is still a game, and sometimes the game is secondary to lessons that are taught when people do something nice. On Nov. 7, 2008, a high school team from Faith Christian School in Texas made national headlines […]

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For every winner, there?s a loser

It?s not easy being the goat; the bigger the stage, the greater the pain. If you grew up reading the comic strip Peanuts, you know all about Charlie Brown?the round-headed kid who seemingly couldn?t do anything right. He was an awful pitcher on an equally lousy team. He whiffed kicking the football because Lucy always pulled it away at the […]

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Winning still a challenge at TC

Tabor College played in a nice, brand spankin? new football stadium this fall, but the challenge to produce a winning team on the field is as great as ever. There was some misguided sentiment that a new stadium would magically produce a winning football team. But the last I checked, new facilities don?t score touchdowns or tackle anyone. Tabor managed […]

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Celebrations range from annoying to awkward

Celebrations used to be saved for special occasions in sports. Now they?re a dime a dozen. In fact, when the NFL started cracking down on excessive celebrations, people joked that NFL represented the No Fun League. The New York Giants started the Gatorade shower tradition in 1985. It gained popularity in 1991, when linebacker Carl Banks doused coach Bill Parcells […]

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Not yelling is an effective coaching style, too

Some coaches are screamers and intimidators. Others are teachers. Still others use a variety of motivational techniques. Chances are you?ll find successful coaches who fit one of these styles or a combination of these styles. One size doesn?t fit all. I?ve long thought that a coach should be a psychologist to better understand how to communicate effectively with individual athletes […]

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