August 9, 2002, Newsletter Issue #70: PLAYER / COACH RELATIONSHIPS

Tip of the Week

The days of the dictator coach are behind us. We need to find other methods of teaching and relating to players that are more meaningful than "My way or the highway." Methods are adjusting for classroom teachers, and the basketball community needs to keep up with the times. In the classroom, teachers are continually finding ways of making their subjects more relevant and useful to their students, and applicable to the world that they live in. Most players(and students) now want to know “why” something is being done. It would benefit the coach to have an answer ready. Let the player know how it is going to help him/her individually, as well as helping the team. A good example might be setting a screen. A screen may be a method of helping a teammate get open. However, a good screen forces the screeners defender to "help" and becomes one of the best ways to free yourself for a shot. I have found that players set better screens after they are told that it can also help THEM!

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