The Coach’s Perfect Player

 

One of the most, if not the single most issues between coach and player is, PLAYING TIME. Players want to know why they are not playing more, and what they can do to earn more playing time on the court. Here are 10 areas to look at when trying to earn more time on the court, and less time on the bench.

 

1. Attitude

The most effective, coachable players are humble in victory and gracious in defeat. They don’t have to earn respect; they demand it by their actions on and off the court.

 

2. The Perfect Balance

School work, work-study job, practice, games, travel. The players that are able to find the perfect balance in their everyday daily lives, are the most effective and ones that coaches look to reward.

 

3. Knowing and Accepting your Role

Coaches will ask players to sacrifice for the betterment of the team. The players that embrace their roles and flourish in them are the ones that coaches want around and on the floor. Players that second guess and constantly revolt against change, are the ones who will be riding the pine or shown the door.

 

4. Ability to Defend

Defence wins championships. Players who can score at will, but consistently let their man do the same are not as valuable as a defensive stopper who really isn’t needed to score.

 

5. Taking Care of the Ball

Coaches hate careless turnovers. Players that feel the need to go between the legs, spin twice and make an around the back pass that sails off the wall, will surely be replaced by a less flashy, but more fundamentally sound player.

 

6. Accept / Follow-Though on Criticism

Players will be given areas to improve upon during all stages of the year. The ones that act upon recommended weaknesses by following through and showing results will be noticed.

 

7. Teammate 1st

Players that pass up a good shot for a great shot, encourage teammates in workouts, practices and games, and go out of their way to help teammates in all situations, are the ones that make a program run on all cylinders. Players that demand the limelight, preach about individual stats, brag about their value to the team and isolate themselves from the group, are going to suck the energy from the program and are in fact, better off on their own.