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I don’t need to elaborate extensively on this one, but misuse of time is so prevalent that I can’t help but add a few extra words.

This is my pet peeve in basketball. I travel all over the nation watching high school and college games and I am regularly appalled at how often coaches of teams playing poorly spend the majority of their time trying to help the referees do their job.  

The misplaced focus of these coaches is truly laughable. They have a whole team full of players desperately in need of instruction, and the coaches are yelling about a touch foul or urging the refs to call a three-second violation on the other team’s big man.  

If you want to be a referee, then be a referee. But not when you are coaching. Spend your coaching time improving the performance of your players. Most of them need good instruction very badly.  

Look at the title of this piece again. Bragging isn’t a noble thing, but I am giving very good advice here — and few coaches around the nation are heeding it.

Spend 5 percent maximum talking to referees and 95 percent talking to your players!  

Again, that’s 5 percent talking to referees and 95 percent talking to your players. 

We like to call this the “5% rule.”

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