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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

When You Coach, You Teach



I have been around for awhile, too long in some instances, but I find it interesting how few people teach basics.

You don't give a 1st grader a college textbook and tell them to read and then get angry when they can't do it.

You don't put a 16 year old behind the wheel of a car without basic training then get mad if they fail.

So why do we do it as coaches?

Usually, young or inexperienced coaches are the culprit, I was one too, and I see it now in my past self.

You can't expect a player to make a layup if you haven't shown them how to shoot a layup.

You can't expect a player to make a free throw if you haven't shown them how to shoot a free throw.

You can't expect a player to make an entry pass with a pass fake unless you have worked on entry passes and pass fakes.

You can't expect a player to make a back cut or make a pass backdoor unless you have worked on it.

You can't expect anything from anybody unless you have worked on it before over and over and over and over.

So don't get frustrated if you haven't done your part in setting up players to be successful that's your job.

Show them, show them and then show them again.

Then get mad when they aren't listening, not because they haven't acquired a skill yet that they don't even know exists.