Topic 1: Teach responsibility in your players

To teach responsibility in your players, take these steps:

– Develop and adhere to consistent consequences for every player you coach. Apply grace to situations that warrant it, but do so equally for all players.

– Reward positive behavior as often as you correct negative actions. If you only recognize negative behavior, a player will respond negatively and you will impede the long-term growth of the player and the team.

-Model responsible behavior by acknowledging your own choices and how they may impact the player or group.

A responsible player has more of an ability to decide between right and wrong than an irresponsible player. Insist that all players you coach own their responsibilities so that they can make informed decisions when faced with choices.

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A player dribbles and passes with a signal from coaches:


−Coach A gives vocal signal and expects bounce pass from the player

−Coach B gives signal by lifting hand and expects direct over head pass

Player has to take responsibility and quickly react to the Coaches’ signals and pass accordingly.