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What’s the real reason your coach doesn’t want you to shoot?
It’s very common that someone will encounter a coach who seemingly will not let a player play their natural game. Whether that is telling them not to shoot as often, benching that player after a couple missed shots, or putting them in the dog house for no reason at all. The truth is that most coaches do not communicate clearly what they want from you. They expect you to pick up what they’re thinking like some kind of sign language. Well what does a coach really mean when he tells you not to shoot? Is it because you have no ability to shoot?
Every coach does not enjoy screaming from the bench and yelling every instruction. That makes it seem like they haven’t coached their team very well. Coaches want to be like Phil Jackson! A person who sits calmly on the bench with their legs folded, and watches their team execute the perfect plan. In order for this to be done, every player needs to function in their role. Every possession is important, so the primary scorer needs to get the opportunity to score. The junk yard dog needs to play with great energy! The rebounder needs to rebound, the shooters need to shoot, and the defenders have to defend. If players get their roles mixed up, the team does not function as efficiently as it should. In addition things need to happen in accordance to the coaches plan so he maintains a sense of control. A team well coached with discipline can beat a more talented team without discipline, this is why this is vitally important!
For example, everyone can agree that Chris Paul is a much better scorer than Patrick Beverly. Its not even close Patrick Beverly is a terrible shooter, and can probably get you 5 points a game. Chris Paul is much better scorer, and even in his old age he can get you 16 a night. However, the clippers are playing much better basketball with Patrick Beverly starting point guard. Why? This is because Patrick Beverly knows how to star in his role. He knows he is a great defender and spends all of his energy defending the teams ball handler. As a result the clippers are much better on defense, the ball rotates much better on offense, and the ball can go to Blake Griffin more as the primary scorer. In other words the team flows much more efficiently! Great Basketball teams are unselfish, and its not about how many scorers you can place on one team. It is about balance.
If you are an incoming freshman, or a sophomore looking to make the varsity roster this is a great way to gain your coaches favor. Ask what role he would like you to play, and execute on that! Don’t try and score 30 points to get attention. Star in your role, so that your coach can trust you. Once he trusts you fully, he will then grant you the green light. Then the 30 points will come. I have seen many players go from bench warmers to all state players by helping them navigate though similar obstacles. Teammates are envious, coaches often don’t see eye to eye with the athletes, and gaining traction can be tough. Work with me if you want to take your game to the next level fast, and figure out the secret to unlocking your potential. Call me at (574) 339-0163