Add this to your list of clichés, “You get what you tolerate”!
Here is another, “Stop asking why they keep doing it, and start asking why you keep allowing it”! Another, “You get what you expect and you deserve what you tolerate”!
These quotes hit home with any good coach because it is one of the most important parts of the job. After all, it’s human nature to take the easiest path of least resistance to accomplish a task. In doing so, corners are always cut, things are always forgotten, and details are always missed.
So how do you “Push” players to be more consistent, work hard, go the distance? The answer is, you have clear standards and expectations and you make it a priority to meet those standards and expectations. You need to think about what you expect in a game, and then make sure players do the same in practices. The connection between practice and game is extremely important.
- Kariya Start – At coach’s edge we expect players to start fast, in any and all drills. We commonly show players the following video of Paul Kariya in an NHL all-star game race. Here is the link https://youtu.be/jB_EtFIOdi8 The important part though is making sure that players continue to do it, inspite of fatigue etc.
- Going the distance – Make sure that players are finishing drills hard. It is one of the first signs of “giving in”. Players will start standing straight up before they are done. Here is a good drill called “dot to dot” that works on going the distance and leadership qualities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnuWQL7psw0
- Start the season off right- Hold players accountable to your expectations from the beginning of the year. If you are inconsistent it is very hard to get them to consistently work at the level expected (all the time). If you do it right, the players will always work hard in games and practices with very little coach influence.
- Have good indicator drills – Have drills that will show you whether or not your players are ready for the next level of drill progression or not. These drills can be used to indicate whether or not you need to work on it more. You almost always need to work on it more. Here is a great passing indicator drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6e93CPTkPc
One of the best feeling you can get as a coach is when players start becoming self-sufficient. When the coach can just stand there in a game and say “change”! If you ask your players the right questions, and demand they go the distance, this can be accomplished.