March 5, 2004, Newsletter Issue #152: DISCIPLINE

Tip of the Week

Players will generally give you what the coach demands of them. Sometimes you see "flashes of brilliance" in a player. That isn`t accidental, it`s potential. Release that potential. Demand that brilliance very time out. Do not accept slippage. If a player is not executing a fundamental or a play correctly, it is the coaches RESPONSIBILITY to correct that in a positive manner. Re-teach every time you speak, and expect results.
Don´t be afraid to push players beyond what they think they can give you. You (and they) will be surprised when you see that the results far outweigh what your team initially thought you were capable of. Then it becomes a habit for players to perform at that level. This will create a “self-motivated” athlete who will continue to work, even after the coach stops yelling.

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