Nemesis Elite: NE NEws: 3.28.13 - My Coach Has Favorites - How to Make Your Coach Want to Play You

3.28.13 - My Coach Has Favorites - How to Make Your Coach Want to Play You

 

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 My Coach Has Favorites!
~How Do I Make My Coach Want to Play Me~

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PhotobucketNemesis Elite parents/players...below are some concepts to help our athletes throught the team sports process.  This will really help them once in High School/College/Work.  Read it carefully...Coach Manny.

[This material has been taken from The Student Athlete's Handbook: The Complete Guide for Success, by Perry Bromwell and Howard Gensler (John Wiley and Sons, NY, 1997).

So you've made the Nemesis Elite team. Maybe you are aPhotobucket returning player, maybe even a "star"; maybe you just decided to give it a shot. No matter: either way, practice (including friendlies) is where your coach gets to see how hard you work, how well you listen and learn. It's where the coach gets to see you in action, and gets to see you apply what you are learning. It's your opportunity to make a long string of positive impressions. It's were you earn your tournament playing time. Here are five "facts of life" you'll need to understand and remember:

The Five Facts of Team Sports Life
1.     Sports teams are rarely democracies. Your opinion will not count for much until you have demonstrated years of hard work. Don't offer one unless it is requested.
2.     Practices are not fair. Work hard anyway.
3.     If you are an experienced older member of the team, or a star, you will be expected to work even harder.
4.     Coaches will play who they want to play. Your job is to make yourself one of the people the coach wants to play. (Get it?...get this straight as understanding this will go along way in making your sport experience rewarding).
5.     If you've got issues or problems, don't make it public. Talk one-on-one with a teammate, or talk to a brother or sister or parent or other mentor, or go see the coach. In private.

How to make your Coach want to play You

Practice time is essential. It's when you get to know your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of your teammates. Look around at the older returning players who are well-regarded by the coach to see what you are supposed to be doing, how you are supposed to act, and what kind of attitude you should have. Below are twenty-two “intangibles" that every coach looks for:

 1. Be consistent. Show up every day. Practice hard every day. Don't let runny noses and hangnails get in your way. Be there. Be ready, mentally and physically. Show up pumped up and ready to go.

2. Take care of yourself, your uniform and your equipment. Be well rested. Watch what you eat and drink. Make sure your equipment is in good repair. Make sure your game uniform is clean and looks sharp.

3. Concentrate. Pay attention. Look like you're paying attention. Make eye contact with the coach. Don't be chatting with someone else when the coach is talking. Don't let your eyes wander.

4. Have a winning attitude. Don't whine, roll your eyes, or smirk. You love practice. You live for practice. You will run through a brick wall for your coach. If asked, you will build the wall first. With stones that you dug up. With your bare hands. And carried on your back for miles. In the hot sun. Get it?

5. Hustle. The coach wants that wall built faster, okay? Even if you are only going through the motions, hustle. If you're heart's not in it, then look like a dynamo even if you are not accomplishing anything.

6. Be tough. Practice is not a real game, but pretend it is. There are no fans or coaches from the next level there to watch, but pretend there are. Get dirty. Dive for loose balls. Do whatever it takes to show your coach you are a gamer.

7. Understand teamwork. Support your teammates in word and deed. Cheer them on. Encourage them. Help them stay positive.

8. Know your role. Starter, key substitute, bench player, practice player, spark plug, bench cheerleader -- whatever it is, perform that role to the best of your ability. Don't complain. If you believe you deserve a greater role, talk to your coach privately and then prove it.

9. Master the fundamentals. Most coaches don't have the time, or the inclination, to teach and drill the basics. Ask the coach for drills you can do on your own time. Read books. Watch videos. Watch athletes at the higher levels. Go to camps. Find a mentor who will help, like an older athlete or even the coach from your previous level.

10. Learn quickly. If the coach demonstrates something and you don't get it, you may fall behind. If you do get it, and master it quickly, you'll make a great impression. After practice, make a mental note of the two or three most critical things you worked on, and go home and practice them some more. If you keep making the same mistakes over and over, you won't be playing much.

11. Show advanced and/or refined skills. Learn advanced skills in the off-season. Ask your coach what you should be working on. Practice and develop finesse, timing, strength and speed on your own.

12. Develop a feel for your sport. It is very difficult to teach the intangible elements of rhythm, timing, tempo, and the subtleties of situation and strategy. They are usually acquired only through lots of practice and competition. Watch others play your sport as much as possible. Videotape games. Read books. Ask good questions.

13. Demonstrate big play ability. Determine what skills you have that you can exploit and aggressively show them off in practice. Learn how to make things happen. If you can consistently and successfully execute a critical play at a critical time, you will get noticed.

14. Motivate yourself. You cannot depend on your coach to instill in you the necessary hunger for success and achievement. If you aren't motivated enough to work hard, find something else that does get you fired up and go work hard at that. If you do want to play but don't feel you have the hunger needed to excel, then go ask the coach, an adviser, a parent, someone... Find a mentor, or a “spotter”. Ask yourself why you are playing. Find and read material on motivation, confidence and so on.


15. Arrive early and stay late. It makes a good impression. Before practice, use the time to stretch and warm-up properly, to get in the proper frame of mind, to prepare equipment, and to check in with coaches and teammates so you are clear on what's going to happen. After practice, it's time to do cool-down stretching, to reflect on goals, performance and technique, and to get equipment ready for the next time. It's also a great time to catch the coach alone for a moment to review something important. And it's a great time to put in a little extra work.

16. Do more than expected. Ask your coach for extra drills. Offer to help out during team functions. Be ready to step in and lend a hand, or step up when something needs to get done. Don't come across as a brown-noser or a coach's pet; it's not going to get you extra playing time. But showing a commitment to the team will provide unexpected benefits.

17. Exude confidence. Watch your language. Stay positive; keep others positive. Watch your posture and body language. You have to think you are good enough to play, and win; if you keep thinking it, you'll believe it, and so will your coach.

18. Fight through small injuries. Don't miss practices, assignments or games because of assorted nicks, scrapes, aches, colds and headaches. Throw a bottle of Tylenol, some band-aids and so on in your gym bag. Learn to take care of yourself. Go see the trainer when necessary. By all means, get the SITS checked out (any Serious Injury, Twist or Strain), but don't wimp out with the small stuff.

19. Improve your mind, attitude, physique and stamina, if you show up at the beginning of the season with body/mind/spirit that says "I've been working out in the off-season", you are going to get noticed. If you are out there looking fresh as a daisy when your teammates are dropping like flies, you are going to get noticed. If you can perform the required drills, routines, sprints and gut-busters more quickly, sharply and smoothly, and for longer time periods, you are going to play.

20. Demonstrate leadership. Don't be someone who needs to be baby-sat. Be mature and responsible for your actions...lead and hold your teammates accountables.

21. Be personable. Practices and competitions are situations in which you are often seen by fans, alumni, boosters, administrators, coaches and evaluators from the next level, members of the press and media, and other important people within your community and your sport.  Often, you will not know who these people are, and it is entirely possible they will have an impact on your future.  Don't act like a jerk. Smile. Watch your language.  Be positive and upbeat.  If introduced, chat cordially and briefly, and then go and attend to your business.

22. Get your personal and academic work done. Family and self come before athletics. If you have personal matters that need to be attended to, get them handled ahead of time, or make plans and commitments to do so afterwards. Then you can leave your concerns about them in the locker room so that they don't interfere with your learning, enjoyment and success. If you are in school, you won't play if you are not making the grade in the classroom. Get your homework done. Go to all your classes. Ask for help, if necessary, from teachers, advisers, counselors, parents, coaches, anyone who will listen. Sports can be an integral and supporting part of your educational experience, but it's an extra. The most important athletic arena is the classroom. Solid academic achievement, learning how to learn, will determine the quality of your life and open more doorways to future success (including those in the world of athletics) than anything else.

Academics~Softball~College

 

 


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