In order for player development (regardless of sport) to be effective, you have to do two things:
- Believe in your players at “eye level.” Be honest with them regarding their development needs. Meet them where they are talent-wise. I’ve seen many coaches (usually young coaches) exude negative energy because of their frustration with a player’s failure to meet talent expectations. Coach em’ up from where they are and encourage them to develop onto the player you expect them to be.
- To get the best out of others, choose to think and believe the best about them. This approach works at all levels of sport. Just last night Al Horford (NBA, Boston Celtics) was speaking about how they (Celtic players) garner confidence from Coach Brad Stevens’ unwavering belief in them.