This suggestion for [tag]basketball coaches[/tag] was sent in by Todd and should become standard for all coaches!
Obviously it takes a lot of things to make a successful team, but one thing I have noticed that is a big hit with my players is what I call the “Coach’s Player Review”(CPR).
It is basically a run down of a [tag]basketball[/tag] players [tag]performance[/tag] during the practice session. It doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. You can accomplish what you need to for each player in as little as 30 secs to a minute.
This is different than stopping the whole team during a [tag]drill[/tag] and correcting them…that is more pure [tag]coaching[/tag]. The “CPR” (Coach’s Player Review) is a must! Just like regular CPR breathes life into an individual and kick starts their heart, the basketball version of CPR can breath new life into your players! Usually, it is immediate! After a successful session I have seen drastic improvement and motivation from my players.
Remember to keep it short but with substance. Tell the player the following things:
1. What He/She has been doing well (This is something that we often forget to do)
2. What specific area you need them to concentrate on this practice session (or multiple sessions).
3. How they have been an asset to the team. (This is not a ball skill but a character trait)
This “CPR” accomplishs a lot of things. It doesn’t just reinforce the Coach-Player relationship, but it instills a positive feedback system in each of your players. And teaches them a successful way to communicate to their fellow players. Lastly, it encourages character growth! The benefits of good character spill into every area of a persons life and generates improvement that is long lasting – on and off the court.
We can not fail to recognize and encourage it!