March 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #388: Lopsided Scores

Tip of the Week

A one sided game is not good for either team. The overmatched team could feel humiliated and the victor is not challenged. To make the game more challegeing, the better team could ask themselves some questions like: Did you play everybody? Did you continue to take advantage of a player or team by applying extended defensive pressure? Did you continue to run for layups off steals against a team that couldn´t run back to protect their hoop. All of the above and more are coaches decisions. I´ve seen teams use games like these to give boys/girls quality playing time (more minutes than they usually get). I´ve seen teams use games like this to work on their perimeter shooting and refuse to shoot inside the lane. I´ve seen teams NEVER press an overmatched opponent BECAUSE IT WASN´T IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ANYONE INVOLVED. Oftentimes, there is a game within a game. When it´s over, was it about dignity and respect or was it about winning at all costs?

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