Preseason is around the corner and for some players these last couple of weeks will determine if they make the team or get cut. For others, this time can separate themselves from the pack. Do you know the role your coach has for you this year?
Coaches have an idea at this point of who will be on the team but they also have questions that haven't been answered yet. The main question any player should be asking is how does the coach feel about me? Will I get cut, play JV or Varsity basketball? How much playing time does the coach see me playing and what role do they see me in? Finally, what can I do in these final weeks to improve my game and create a positive impact on the team?
These are questions you MUST have with your coach. You only have a few months left to prepare for the upcoming season and if you do not know where you stand with the coach, you can't properly prepare.
If you are told you may get cut, I hope as a player you don't take the honesty personal, but as a challenge. Set time aside, adjust your goals and take these last couple weeks to work on skills (the coach is looking for) that will make the coach change their mind.
If you are a player who is not comfortable with the role the coach has planned for you, you have to take this time to get comfortable mentally and master the role BUT you still have time to change the coach's mind. There is nothing wrong with improving your game, but you must master the role the coach has for you if you want to play. As the coach sees your game mature, you will eventually earn a bigger role.
The whole focus on talking to your coach is to get the clarity needed to understand how to invest your time and how to train these upcoming weeks. Hopefully, you have already had this conversation, but if you have not make sure you have. The coach isn't required to come to you, and assuming can lead to you being in a situation you had not planned for.
This conversation should also be completed once the season is over. Coaches normally have end of season interviews but if they do not or you did not make the team, you need to be proactive and set up a meeting with coach. Asking these same questions will help you prepare to effectively train during the offseason.
If you have have any questions on how to talk to your coach, what to ask your coach or how to handle the information that was given to you from your coach, respond in the comments or send an email and I’ll get back to you.
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Larry Roberson was born in Akron, Ohio in 1979. Played college basketball and for the IBL. Coached collegiately and is currently coaching high school basketball in Suitland, MD. Loves the game of basketball and is an innovative coach which strives to learn.