Posted by My 2 Cents on November 10, 2017 at 10:12:59:
In Reply to: Blending young and more experienced players - eg MD posted by Coach LC on November 10, 2017 at 08:26:01:
: What are peopleís thoughts on blending new talent with experienced players? I like to have senior/junior leadership on the court but unfortunately many kids view the incoming, talented players as threats rather than as papers Tina successful whole. Throw in the parents who have their expectations and itís a hot mess sometimes. I try to be fair with rewarding effort and ability but have had girls quit when a younger, better player starts eating into their minutes.
: I look at MD and see so much potential but wonder how thy manage these types of issues. Then you throw in a transfer who comes in as a junior and has always been a ball dominant player who talks team but is not a distributor/game manager. What a conundrum.
Assuming everyone is giving effort and has a good attitude, then my philosophy is the best players play - period.
If that ruffles some older players feathers, tell them to work harder.
Now, part of that is attitude and effort. If I see kids - young or old - feel like they are entitled and not giving their best, I have no problem sitting them down.
This is about more than basketball. It's a life lesson. Do your best with a good attitude and you are rewarded. If you don't, there are consequences.
As for the parents, if they want to pull their kids to chase a starting job, then so be it. If the kid is falling behind, there is a reason, and that reason will show in the next school, and the next school.
Better to go to battle with kids who are all in and are working hard to get more PT.
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