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Handling Various Basketball Game Situations -- 15 Dos And Don'ts For Game Time- By Jeff Haefner
1. DO establish game time expectations and stick to them. For example, if a player is late and you've established that a late player doesn't play in the first half, then don't let them play in the first half -- even if they're your star player.
2. Don't yell at the referees. This gives your players permission to yell at them and it sets a bad example. Everyone, including referees, make mistakes. They're doing their best. If you disagree with a call, talk to the referee the way you would expect to be talked to if you made a mistake.
3. Do bench players for inappropriate behavior during a game. Inappropriate behavior on my team would be pushing a player, yelling at a referee, yelling at the crowd.
4. Don't let players get away with not doing their best. If your players are not giving 100% of themselves, then bench them until they're ready.
5. Do keep yourself in check and remember that you're dealing with youngsters. Yelling at them isn't going to get the results that you desire.
6. Do establish a time-out ritual. This means that your players know exactly what to do and expect during a time out. One suggestion is to have benched players make room for players coming off the court. This way they can towel off and grab a drink while they're listening to the coach.
7. Do call time outs to rest your players without making a substitution.
8. Do call time outs to correct problems with execution.
9. Do call time outs to call a special play for end of period or end of game situations.
10. Do call a time out to restore order if chaos is reigning on the court.
11. Do use halftime to focus on what the team is doing right and what they need to do in the second half.
12. Don't use half time to focus on the negatives. This only deflates the players. Be positive!
13. Do win with class and lose with dignity! Win or lose like you want the opposing team to win or lose.
14. Don't discuss tactics immediately after a game, save it for the next practice.
15. Do keep all conversations before, during and after the game positive regardless of the outcome!
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