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December 12, 2014

Talent & Score: Teaching in a Lop-Sided Game

Talent & Score: Teaching in a Lop-Sided Game

MO MOTION PLAYERS should win with humility and lose with dignity.

We have been on the losing ends of some bad ones in our history, but in recent years have found the other side. Winning by a large margin more often than not builds confidence for the winning team but the feeling for the losing team is not the same. It is important that when we are on the side that is UP, our kids are displaying respect for the opponent and understanding that they were in a similar position at one point with their understanding of the game.

Losing by a large margin can be detrimental to the teams confidence and playing potential. Body language along with overall effort go a long way when getting whooped.

ALL WE CAN CONTROL IS ATTITUDE AND EFFORT
Constantly remind your players of this.

WHY PARENTS ARE HARD TO DEAL WITH AFTER A BLOWOUT
Parents have this protective instinct that kicks in when they see their child in trouble in any situation. SOME are able to accept this instinct and move on from it knowing that this is sports and the coach is doing the best job she or he can to handle the situation. OTHERS want to jump down someones throat, point blame and want to fix things as soon as they see their kid being embarrassed or quitting during competition. THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY LOVE THEIR KID!

NOW WHAT COACH??
Unless your name is Summitt or Krzyzewski your coaching legacy isn’t going to be measured by championship banners or how many times you got to cut the nets down. What will be measured is the outstanding example you are setting by showing class and using sound judgement regardless of the score. THERE IS NO ROOM ON OUR SIDELINES FOR PERSONAL VENDETTAS. Yes we all want to win but we do it the right way, be the example.

When is a lead big enough?
Usually you can tell. However in basketball the biggest factor is the amount of time left on the clock. We all have seen great comebacks in this game. I speak from the heart when I say that there have been times when teams I have coached have gone down 30 early and I still felt like we had a chance. However everyone else in the gym knows its over and 20-30 point swings in a matter of 6 – 8 or even 20 minutes don’t happen often at our level of play. BE REALISTIC

STRATEGIES TO HANDLE

Winning:

  • Be discrete when telling your players to back off. It doesn’t help opponents confidence when you yell “Don’t score” or “No Shooting”.
  • Give the less experienced kids a chance to score. Draw up a play for them in the huddle.
  • Try a player out in a new position.
  • Give goals for passing or test out a different defense.
  • Continue to MOTIVATE
  • NEVER STOP TEACHING

Losing:

  • BE THE EXAMPLE. There is no better time to be 100 percent positive, during and after the game.
  • Don’t let your kids get their heads down. If their leader is feeling it so will they. I am not saying you should not be disappointed but your actions and words matter.
  • If the winning coach has sat his key players you may want to reciprocate
  • Keep an eye out for growing frustration and “hard play” from your players
  • Continue to MOTIVATE
  • NEVER STOP TEACHING!