Monday, May 08, 2006

How to Get More from Your Bench Players

How to Get More from Your Bench Players

1. Establish role for your players (i.e. defense, passsing, three point shooting)

2. Try to get subs in early (end of first quarter and during second quarter).

3. Reward players for their efforts in practice with more playing time.

4. Getting players in the game early gives them confidence if they are needed later.

5. Getting players in early gives you one less thing to think about down the stretch.

6. Matchup your substitutions with your opponent's.

7. Establish positive relationships between first stringers and reserves.

8. Work with second team during practice.

9. Get all your players ready to contribute.

10. Use different combinations and different starting lineups

11. Take kids out of the game on a positive note, if possible.

12. Don't yank kids out of a game after one bad pass or missed layup.

13. Make all kids feel involved in the game and your program.

14. Give kids opportunities to see why they are not getting more playing time or playing with the first unit.

15. Talk and explain substitution process when possible.

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