None of these skills have to do with Xs and Os but all of them can lead to more victories By Sue Phillips, head coach, Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, Calif.) girls team. 2018 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year Lost in the search for the best quick hitter or... MORE
Larry Doty’s Communication Philosophy
I saw Larry Doty, the now-retired coach of the Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon) men’s team speak about his NITE philosophy on better communication at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association. I think he has some great points which I want to share with you.
N – Names. Don’t just yell “Rebound!” – add in the player’s name who needs to accomplish the task. It’s not to single someone out for a mistake but simply yelling into a group of people allows each individual to think the coach is talking to someone else.
I – Information. Provide quick, direct information to players. They are processing a lot in drills and games. And, don’t just command them. Instruct them. “Paul, keep your butt on him through the rebound” is better than simply “Rebound!”
T – Tone Of Voice. Treat your statements with pride and purpose so players will do the same. Remember, if you scream about everything, then nothing you say elicits a sense of urgency from players.
E – Eye Contact. Look directly at the player in question and state your directive. Don’t yell it from across the gym. Remember, you are dealing with a generation that always has one eye on a screen, so draw both of their eyes onto you to ensure maximum retention of your information.