October 21st, 2014 | Uncategorized
Every Monday night we have practice for the UL Fresher’s (first year) team and we’ve seen tons of improvement from the first training session weeks ago! One important factor that I keep trying to stress to them is the power of talking! I’m used to communicating on the court for everything – defense, offense, encouraging my teammates, etc. For some reason, the Fresher’s team struggles the most in this (seemingly) simple aspect of basketball. Talking and communicating on the court creates a higher level of teamwork; it allows you to become more comfortable with your teammates at an even faster rate. We’ve had many practices where the Fresher team has tremendous progress with communication – then the next week we’re back to square one!
I now feel my coaches’ struggles from Elon when our team failed to communicate to the highest level during practices. I can recall plenty of times where we had to run for these mistakes, and now it’s eye-opening to see the same situation from a coach’s perspective. I’m in the process of thinking of some creative ways to improve our communication on the court as we speak! I’ll always remember the instances our coaches counted how many times we gave high fives or said encouraging words during our practice warm-up – and if we didn’t reach our goal number, we had to run for it! Time for some creative brainstorming! (Suggestions are welcomed!) 🙂