Talking and listening effectively

Recently when asked why Duke so often has great teams, Coach K replied “Because we communicate as a team better than pretty much everyone else. We work on communication as a skill.”


  • Beginning players—make eye contact, stand still, the importance of LISTENING, declare “ball” when guarding the ball handler, understand the importance of body language-These are all OFF THE COURT skills as well. 
  • Intermediate players–Call out screens/switches, Call out “help” when off the ball, communicate on substitutions/matchups, Positive support of team mates
  • Advanced players–Constant on-court chatter, voice pressure, respectful communication with officials, competitive body language–NEVER bending over, sprint on and off the court, no “palms up” replies to poor calls, seeing match up advantages and communicating with the coach