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5 Things That Drive Basketball Coaches Crazy

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Let's face it... a happy coach makes the life and times of a player much easier. If a coach is pleased with a player, he rewards that player with more playing time and in a lot of cases commits more time and energy to developing that player. I do want to point out that most coaches are pretty patient. If they see potential in a player, they will take a lot of time to work with that player to see them develop - even if they are displeased with their current performances. With that said though, every coach has their limit. When they continue to be disappointed by a player's actions, time and time again, they have to move on and dedicate most of their time with the players that are showing improvement.

This article discusses 5 specific things that coaches hate to see. If you are aware of these things and do just the opposite, you will likely develop a solid relationship with your coach and earn more playing time.

#1 Not Boxing Off

The key to rebounding is boxing off. It's as simple as that. It drives coaches crazy when players aren't alert enough to get in front of an opponent and position themselves to get a rebound. It is a fundamental that is taught in the very early stages of basketball. It is inexcusable for players playing at the Jr. High level or higher to neglect this practice. If you think about the numbers, it is simple to see why this is so frustrating for coaches. If team A puts up 50 shots during a game and team B puts up 100 shots during a game, which team is most likely to win? Team B of course! Since they put up so many more shots it is very likely to assume that they are going to make more shots and score more points. The team that rebounds better gets more shot attempts during a game. If you consistently let your defender get around you when a shot goes up, it's going to infuriate your coach and sooner or later you'll be on the bench. It's not hard, it's not complicated - it just takes effort and awareness.

#2 Unwillingness to Take a Charge

When a player is unwilling to step in the lane and draw an offensive foul, they are seen as soft and weak-minded. No coach wants soft or weak-minded players playing for him. If you have a hard time taking a charge, it's like anything else, you need to practice. Have a player drive from the three point line into the basket and practice stepping in front of him inside the lane to draw the offensive foul. You'll find that by practicing you learn how to fall and how to use your body to take the brunt of the collision in a way that it doesn't hurt. I'm not aware of a coach that doesn't absolutely love players that are willing to take a charge. If you avoid it during games it will become glaringly obvious and your coach will be forced to sit you on the bench during a tight game.

#3 Playing Without Confidence

It's normal to be nervous during games. It's not normal to be so nervous that you play scared or timid. If you find yourself playing scared, you need to prepare yourself better before games. Tell yourself that it's perfectly normal to miss a few shots and make a few mistakes and when it happens, you'll shake it off and not think about it. Your team needs the guy on the floor that they see in practice, the guy that knocks down the open shot with confidence and plays with a chip on his shoulder. When a coach sees a player not take open shots during games that he knows the player is very capable of making, it frustrates them. Here's the reality of the situation - if you are too nervous to shoot an open shot, it eliminates the need of your defender to guard you. They can sag off and help on other players and all of a sudden it's 5 players versus 4 because you aren't a threat. This is why your coach can't and won't play you if you don't play with confidence.

#4 Lack of Hustle/Effort

Hopefully this one is obvious. If you can't prove to your coach that you are willing to sacrifice yourself for the team, nobody wants you. The thing about hustling is this... it doesn't take special talent or ability. All it takes is will and determination. Basketball is an intensely competitive game, so if you aren't hustling and showing huge amounts of effort you are hurting your team. I don't care how many points you can score. It always comes back to bite you if you aren't giving it your all on the floor. The quickest way to lose favor with your coach is by not hustling and giving it all you got.

#5 Excessive Turnovers

Everybody makes turnovers. Don't for one second think that you have to play a flawless game in order for your coach to be pleased. The key word here is "excessive". If you are a point guard and have two or three turnovers a game that's actually pretty good. If you have over 5 though, you're pushing it. If you play the forward or center position, you should never have more than one or two. If you turn the ball over it's a sign that you aren't focused enough, you don't know the offense very well or you are playing timid. Whatever the case, it's not good. You can't be giving the ball to the other team. If you turn the ball over every time you come into the game, it's not going to be long until your coach is forced to keep you on the bench for good.

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