My little girl just had her one year doctor’s appointment and the doctor gave me all sorts of interesting information. The stuff about teaching my child to be a good eater is what stood out to me. Why? Because I think it’s similar to what it would take to teach a player to be a good teammate.
The sheet said, “Don’t get your jobs mixed up with your child’s jobs. If you don’t do your jobs, your child will eat poorly and not behave at the table. If you get bossy and try to do her jobs, she will fight back and not eat.” The sheet then goes into detail about each of our (parent & child) jobs. For example, the parent’s job is to choose what to buy, cook, and put on the table. The child’s job is to come to the table hungry and ready to eat.
Teaching our players to be good teammates
For our purposes here, I would say, “Don’t get your jobs mixed up with your player’s jobs. If you don’t do your jobs, your players will be unprepared for competition. If you get bossy and try to do their jobs, they will fight back with complaints and lack of effort.”
- Have well thought out practice plans.
- Choose what skills will be taught and when.
- Enjoy the ups and downs of the season.
- Keep practices competitive.
- Never stop coaching.
- Give your players space to make mistakes.
- Come to practice with a willing spirit and open mind.
- Stay positive during the course of the season.
- Don’t whine to coaches or teammates.
- Don’t talk badly about your teammates…to anyone.
- Always give your best effort.
- Have high expectations for yourself and your teammates.
Being on a team is hard work…especially if folks don’t hold up their end of the bargain. It’s often said, coaches coach and players play. This is just a more detailed version of that statement.