July 12, 2002, Newsletter Issue #66: ROLES AND GOALS

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Every off season it is a good idea to have a "Roles and Goals" talk with your new team. We usually have ours on a road trip at a summer tournament, and meet for an hour or so for everyone to talk openly. Each player will state what their goals are, team and individual. Other players are encouraged to comment and discuss roles. Quite often, players in this setting will "under-evaluate" their abilities, and teamates will reinforce that players importance to the team. Team goals are emphasized, that way when we leave the room, everyone is on the same page. We refer back to the talk several times during the year to remind players of their intentions. This cuts down on problems during the year regarding playing time, position, shot distribution, etc., and is a very valuable team building exercise.

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