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Old Thu Jan 08, 2004, 12:24pm
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Coach's - don't they make our life interesting?

Would you agree that 40% of stuff on this board involves working, handling, dealing with coach's?

Last night, 9th Grade Boys. New experience went like this: A real deadhead coach. From 0-0 to the end, a blowout.

Team was repeatedly making (IMHO) simple correctable mistakes. Throwing into double teams, not coming to a trapped player, standing around, slapping at rebounds, no organized defense, etc.

The coach just sat there and looked asleep. Never substituted, no timeouts, no encouragement, reminders - never made a peep.

Glanced over once and he was just casually chatting with bench players.

Wow. It really took AWAY from the games experience, for me, partner, fans and most importantly his players.

Next time you deal with a howler .... think of working with a corpse.

Thoughts?
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Old Thu Jan 08, 2004, 12:37pm
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Coach's - don't they make our life interesting?

Would you agree that 40% of stuff on this board involves working, handling, dealing with coach's?

Last night, 9th Grade Boys. New experience went like this: A real deadhead coach. From 0-0 to the end, a blowout.

Team was repeatedly making (IMHO) simple correctable mistakes. Throwing into double teams, not coming to a trapped player, standing around, slapping at rebounds, no organized defense, etc.

The coach just sat there and looked asleep. Never substituted, no timeouts, no encouragement, reminders - never made a peep.

Glanced over once and he was just casually chatting with bench players.

Wow. It really took AWAY from the games experience, for me, partner, fans and most importantly his players.

Next time you deal with a howler .... think of working with a corpse.

Thoughts?
Reminds me of a TV movie I saw years ago, where the defense attorney was being blackmailed by the real bad guys. At the end of the trial, the judge said to him, "I'll have your license for this." Too bad we can't do that sometimes.

On the other hand, this may have been the result of some specific decision made by that coach. He may be hounded by the players to not be so heavy handed, so he's backing off to make a point. I doubt that, but it's at least possible.
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Old Thu Jan 08, 2004, 01:02pm
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Let's just remember that there are also officials like this. They...

..arrive late for assignments.

..take no pride in their appearance.

..have called for years but take no interest in improving.

..ignore infractions because they want to get it over.

..do it just for the money.

..and can't understand why they don't move up.

We all know PEOPLE like this, not just coaches.
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Old Thu Jan 08, 2004, 01:09pm
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He could have been using the Phil Jackson approach. He could have been letting the players get throttled so he can use it as a teaching tool later. At that level I doubt it though.
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Old Thu Jan 08, 2004, 01:29pm
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How true, BktBallRef, how true.
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Old Thu Jan 08, 2004, 01:42pm
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A little judgmental for us to comment on this coach without knowing the background. Maybe nobody would step forward to coach the kids and he stepped in so they'd be able to have a team. Maybe he has no coaching background. Maybe he wasn't feeling well. Who knows? Not us.

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