Get your players into the game

Get your players into the game

 Maybe their players are not listening, causing them to always make the same mistakes. Possibly the losses are beginning to accumulate.

Nobody likes to lose, and among the initial things that will come to a trainer's mind when things are not going his or her way is to change the lineup. And it can be quite tempting to reduce the playing time of your weakest players.

On competitive traveling teams, not every player is necessarily going to play exactly the same amount, but part of the job as a trainer is to create each player on your team.

"This is a tenet of great coaching that you get kids into games," writes Jim Thompson, founder, and CEO of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a US Lacrosse national associate. "Most of the advantages of playing a game are tied to competing in matches."

Thompson's site in the PCA Development Zone (a great source for coaches), provides some ideas for how to handle the playing time issue:

  • Good coaches utilize blowout games to get children into matches, but they do this BEFORE the sport becomes a blowout.
  • Produce a special unit with a particular role, giving an illustration of an Ohio high school basketball team that had its bottom five players play with the last second of the first quarter and the first second of the second quarter of every game to great achievement.
  • Reward effort as much as talent.
  • Be as clear as possible about playing time expectations right from the start of the season.
  • Be sure they have the best gear possible, get them the best lacrosse goalie stick