Game-Based Approach

Next, in order to properly develop players, and produce a fun learning environment, coaches should focus on a game-based approach. There are seven different aspects coaches should follow and focus on when developing players.

Each coach’s teaching should be athlete focused, not sport focused or philosophy focused. Based on the players a coach currently has on their team, they should adjust accordingly. For example, if a coach likes to coach hard, and has coached players hard in the past, but this year’s players do not like to be coached hard, it would cause turmoil. It is easier for the mature coach to adapt rather than the younger players. In a more in-game example, if a coach has a bunch of short players, but his offense focuses on scoring in the paint, the season may not go well. If he instead allows them to showcase their best skills, the season would go better.

It is also more beneficial for both coaches and players if they have an interpersonal relationship, rather than a business like, or authoritarian relationship. Having a more social relationship allows for information to be communicated more directly, rather than dancing around a tough problem to bring up. Interpersonal relationships also allow for more learning and more tolerance of otherwise annoying behaviors. While being more comfortable with players may have many benefits, it may lead to younger players slacking off, or being disrespectful, it is important to have strict rules about where the line is where they should not cross.

A games-based approach also allows for more strategic development. This approach involves a POGs coaching style, which allows players to develop all skills. POGs were explained in depth in previous topics, but they fit well with a games-based approach due to the increased creativity, learning, and confidence for players.

Team work should be preached by all coaches. Regardless of the current team situation, teamwork can only benefit chemistry, offensive tactics, and relationships. Team work does not necessarily require equal minutes, equal shots, etc. It simply means fostering an environment for relationships to build between players. This can be done through drills in which players have to work as a team, giving players equal opportunities in practice to showcase their skills.

Combining all of these approaches will make players into active learners, thus benefiting themselves and the team.

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