Keep Short Accounts

Keep Short Accounts With Your Players


  1. a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury.
  1. be resentfully unwilling to give, grant, or allow (something).

How many of us have held grudges against our players for on-court or off-court issues longer than we should have?  Maybe, even to the point that it has negatively affected our team’s performance.  Notice in the noun and verb use of the word grudge; both persistent and resentfully are used.

I believe a mature coach understands not only when to discipline players but also when to open the gate allowing them to run again.  Recognizing when a player has been “pruned back far enough” is a skill that some coaches fail to develop.  It’s important to understand the difference between corrective action and a broken spirit.

Keep short accounts of wrong with your players – after all:

Your job depends on the consistent behavior or 14-22 year olds.  Do you realize that it is consistent for those 14-22 year olds to behave inconsistently?  Good luck…..

Max Good (one of my favorite coaches of all time)

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