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April Coaches’ Corner

April 14th, 2021

Effort is on the Athletes

Coaches have many responsibilities:

  • Strategy
  • Substitutions
  • Practice planning
  • Plus a million other little things that we happily accept responsibility for to get the opportunity to help young men and/or women become better basketball players and better people.


But there's one thing that SHOULD NOT be the coaches responsibility…

And that's the amount of EFFORT athletes put in.

News flash for athletes:

Your coach should not have to coach your effort.

Many world-class coaches have expressed this over the years:

  1. “You can always control how hard you compete.” - Quin Snyder
  2. “I can live with about anything, but not lack of effort. If you want to play in the game, you must give me 100 percent” - Roy Williams
  3. “I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort” - John Wooden

This topic is something coaches should bring up at the start of every season.

Coaches should tell their players that they expect them to give 100% effort every time they're on the court, whether it's in the offseason, open gym/ice/field, weekly team practice or a home weekend tournament.

But, the thing is, effort isn't like shooting. All athletes have off-shooting nights from time to time - that's part of the game and should be expected by coaches and athletes.

Effort, on the other hand, is 100% within an athletes' control.

Athletes should never have a bad effort night.

A coach shouldn't have to say:

  • Push/Skate back faster on defense
  • Work harder to get through screens/slots
  • Push/Skate to the lanes quicker in transition

That should be automatic.

If athletes always give 100% effort, the coach will be able to focus on more important things—such as substitutions, strategy, & practice planning.

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