On the back of our ‘what is player development’ blog post yesterday, the PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) posted a blog about playing time.
We asked you to reflect on the playing time your kid gets and explain how playing time is ultimately why players play. There are so many benefits to playing for your player and we want all players to play as much as possible. Yet, the PCA article encourages you to involve your player when looking at their playing time:
We would also ask that if your player does want to play more, are they actively involved when on the sideline and learning to lead / be involved from there?
The game plan for leading from the bench
- Make sure your posture communicates that you are engaged. Sit on the edge of your seat.
- Be the loudest player on the bench cheering for your team.
- Leap from your seat every time your team scores.
- Get off of the bench and greet the players who are in the game at half time or being substituted.
- Talk only about the game to your teammates on the bench.
- Listen to everything your coach says when they speak, looking them in the eye.
- Be the first one to volunteer if your coach needs something done.
- Thank the referees after every game.
- When you do get into the game, remember that you may not be the most talented player out there, but you can be the toughest most self-sacrificial player.
- Make the more talented players better by being tough on them in practice: challenge them, bang on them and make them fight for everything they get. Remember your team spends far more time in practice than games and that you get to be a part of that. Games and championships are won in practice, so your role is vital.
Thank you for reading!