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    July 14, 2014

    Great vs. Self-Destructive Teams

    By: University of Washington Women’s Basketball

    As a coach, consider these differences between GREAT and SELF-DESTRUCTIVE basketball teams.

    Great Teams

    “Prepare for every game like you just lost your last game.” – Lon Kruger

    There is a difference between readiness and preparation; readiness doesn’t get it done. You must prepare – Marine boot camp philosophy

    “Treat people nice, even when they don’t deserve it.”

    Have Positive Captains

    • - Work hard
    • - Take care of things on the floor
    • - Let the coaches take care of everything else

    Have Great Team Attitudes

    • – Listen to each other
    • – Are courteous
    • – Say what they feel, but watch how they say it.
    • – Don’t talk behind each others back
    • – Don’t put each other down

    Have players and coaches who accept and appreciate their roles on the team.

    • Work on skill development.
    • Share ownership in both victory and defeat.

    We before Me Attitude

    • – Trustworthy
    • – Disciplined
    • – Unselfish
    • – Help teammates up
    • – Know roles

    Push each other in practice to better prepare each other for the next game.
    Self Destructive Teams
    1. Your Four Toughest Opponents

    • – Negative attitudes in your program
    • – Injuries
    • – Illness
    • – Ineligibility

    “What is your attitude?”
    “What do others perceive as your attitude?”

    2. Have loss the love of the game.

    3. Are not willing to practice everyday, especially when times are tough.

    4. Lose track of their short term and long term goals. – What are the team’s goals?

    5. Are more concerned with individual goals than the team goals.

    • – Who is starting the game?
    • – Whose name is in the paper?
    • – Who gets more playing time?

    6. Lack leaders who will lead by example.
    • - “Can talk the talk but WON’T walk the walk”

    7. Criticize teammates ”Run each other down rather than lift each other up”

    8. Are not coachable

    When you are not getting better each day, you are telling your team mates that you don’t care about OUR team.

    Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog
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