Thursday, May 2, 2013

Criticize for the Better!

If you have a bad player turning the ball over, telling them, “Hey quit turning the ball over” will never get them to actually do it. Aim your criticism at something more specific, like “hey, try a pass fake before you make a pass next time”. Or if they went through a play wrong, don’t say “dude, you did the wrong play”, say what needs to be done. Criticizing will only get the player down, try to always aim your criticism to make the player better. Offer a solution. Something that will make them better.

Tell them what to do and then explain why. For example, if you’re playing against a zone explain the benefits of trying to attack two defenders before passing the ball. Explain how it will get two defenders on one offensive player which will cause someone to be open. Communicate and teach! Just make sure you know what you’re talking about!

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