Since I began coaching some of these girls, I have found the importance of patience. These girls are not going to understand something the first time I teach it to them, so I constantly have to repeat myself and correct them when they do something wrong. This can get a little frustrating at times, but the final result is very rewarding.
I am beginning to see great progress in one girl in particular. When I first started working with her, she struggled with her layups. Since she is left handed, she would constantly shoot her right handed layups with her left hand. When I first corrected her and told her to always use her right hand on the right side, she was very hesitant and looked at me like I was crazy! When she began to do as I told her, her lay ups were nowhere close to going in the basket and she kept getting down on herself. But as time went on, and I kept making her practice with her right hand, she finally began to feel more comfortable. The other day at training, when we were doing a layup drill, she went up on the right side with her right hand with confidence and the ball went in the basket! The joy this girl had on her face was priceless. She had a huge smile and started cheering for herself. I was so happy that she finally got it that I forgot how frustrating the process was at times for me to constantly correct her. But seeing her excitement in her achievement definitely made my day! I hope to see similar improvements in some of the other girls as the season progresses!