This week’s post is written by PPI – Middle East’s basketball trainer Edniesha Curry.
There are times as a coach when you have to decide when to use your voice or your whistle to get through to your kids. Last week I was at practice and for some reason, the girls were having a difficult time focusing. They were all over the place! For some odd reason, they were complaining more today than ever and had that defeated “I don’t care” look on their faces. But it was something that I kept hearing the girls say that made me put down my whistle and inspire them to push through practice with my voice; it was the sound of “Coach Eddie why are you being so hard on us? Don’t you like us?”
As a coach I never want my kids to feel as if I do not care about them first as people first and basketball players second. So we took a water break and then I had them all line up on the sidelines as if we were going to run. I had them all look at me while I sat and took five minutes to tell them why I am so hard on them. I focused on telling them how the behavior they have toward their coaches and practice can become a habit for life when things get tough.
Here’s a list of some of the life lessons that I focused on during that challenging practice:
The importance of showing respect to your coaches by listening, instead of talking when they are talking. This includes making sure you phone is on silent during practice. (I added this last part in on the fly after someone’s ringtone started singing to us during this discussion).
Making sure to come on time to practice.
3. HARD WORK
Working hard even when you don’t feel like it, and making sure to have a winning attitude, all the time.
4. PLAYER COACH/RELATIONSHIPS
Understanding that I am hard on you because I want you to be successful women in life.
These are the few things I talked about and how they can affect you as you become older in school and in life. Sometimes as a teacher of the game, you have to remember that you are responsible for more than showing a young person how to dribble. Your greatest responsibility is showing that young person how to be a better human being. I will end this week’s blog by sharing something that I often tell my kids:
“I care more about the person who leaves the gym than the basketball player who leaves the gym.”
We just get the pleasure of learning about life while learning the game of basketball.