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As a basketball coach, we believe the most important thing is for you to make a positive impact on your players' lives!

Why else would you coach basketball? We believe this is the most important thing and should be your number one priority.

Coaches have a huge influence on their players and have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact.

Here are some articles and ideas to help you make a bigger impact on your players' lives...

Make it Part of Your Coaching Philosophy

To make a positive impact it all starts with establishing your philosophy and priorities as a coach.

Your philosophy is what guides you as a coach and keeps you focused on the right things. If making a positive impact is part of your documented philosophy, there's a good chance you'll make a difference. Making a positive impact isn't a some of the time thing, it's an all the time thing.

There should be traces of "positive impact coaching" in everything you do. Otherwise you're just kidding yourself and not truly serious about making an impact.

Leadership - Leading by Example

The Most Important Aspect of Coaching & Leadership - Being a Good Role Model (This is a must read!)

When Players Need You The Most (This is a must read!)

7 Ways to Make a Lasting and Positive Impact on Your Players!
(Coaches should print this article and reference it daily... great reminders and advice. A must read!)

2 Simple Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Your Players' Lives

Lead by Example. Do You Yell At Referees?

How Do You Always Keep a Positive Attitude as a Coach?

Teaching Life Lessons

How To Improve Team Bonding and Teach Life Lessons

What Are Your 7 Core Coaching Values?

More Important Than The X's and O's - Helping Develop Kids Into Adults With Integrity

Positive Youth Basketball

Important Lesson For Youth Basketball Coaches

What's Wrong With Youth Basketball Leagues?

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Parikshit Sharma says:
1/29/2018 at 9:52:33 PM

Loved the article and the fact that the cia h needs to make an impact in his players lives not just be myopic and look at their game.

I have posted this article link on LinkedIn.

It’s a great learning for Corporate folks as well


Ken Sartini says:
3/21/2014 at 3:48:24 PM

Read my comments to "Concerned Parent" towards the bottom of the page.. you will see that she is going thru some of what you have gone thru.



Ken Sartini says:
3/21/2014 at 3:42:50 PM

I might have you confused with "Concerned Parent" But she was having some of the same problems...


Ken Sartini says:
3/21/2014 at 3:40:45 PM

CP -

I think Jeff gave you some good advice... I thought things were going well once the season started??

Your daughter is going to be a senior now? Or is a senior? Maybe she has the right idea... don't say anything. She needs to let her game do her talking.

I think that both of us decided that she was not an easy person to deal with... hard to figure out?? My boys teams had no problems figuring me out.LOL. the one girls team... maybe not... I was too kind to them.

I think that she is old enough to talk to the high school coach herself if she has any problems, nothing ventured - nothing gained.

Are you saying that a college coach was looking at her or someone else on the team?

The high school game CAN be political... but college... its all about winning. If they don't, they show the coach the door.


Jeff Haefner says:
3/21/2014 at 8:16:27 AM

That sounds like an unfortunate situation and very frustrating for a parent. But I'm not sure there's much you can do. We all have good coaches growing up and we have bad coaches. You can learn and grow from both types of coaches.

It's impossible to judge what is happening unless you see and hear everything in practice and behind the scenes. If you were able to see all that, maybe you'd realize he's not such a bad coach. Or maybe you'd realize he's worse.

As hard as it might seem, I think you prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child. You just let them go and be very supportive when they need you.

I had some great coaches growing up and some bad coaches. Looking back, it might have been frustrating at the time, but I learned just as much (or more) from my bad coaches and my failures.

Here's a good article that has helped me as a parent:


Confused Parent says:
3/20/2014 at 8:23:00 PM

How do great talented players get over looked. I thought high school was unfair and college is worse. I ask my daughter " is there something you aren't telling me?" It is so heart breakinig when your child is gifted and works Very hard at making her game better and loves the sweat and challenge to be over looked and pushed to the side. Are the schools/coaches about politics and who is putting in the most money? That's what it appears to me so I must be missing something. I respect the game as much as i am allowed and I do not say anything to the college coach although I did to the High School coach but it didn't help anything but me to feel as though I tried to do something on my daughters behalf. She will be the first to say , "Mom, don't say anything" I am sick and tired of crappy coaches that don't coach. The most important thing about coaching is making a positive impact on these young kids/adults life. To be a positive roll model and care about players self esteem. As adults we have to set examples and we choose if it will be negative or positive. Does anyone agree that it is wrong for a coach to dismiss a player as if they don't exist. Stop talking to them and communicate through other team members to that player? I feel instead of the coach trying to reach my child and make her better not just as a player but as a person she failed my child. I only know one side of the story but is there anything so bad that a coach would turn their back on a player? If it is I feel the coach should contact the parent.


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