Thanks to my man Mike Geary, women’s assistant basketball coach at the University of Detroit for his discussion this morning on body language-it inspired this blog entry.
It’s not hard to pick out basketball players with bad attitudes. It usually is a reflection of their body language.
Basketball players who play the right way have great body language.
Throwing their arms up in the air, slumping shoulders, sitting at the end of the bench with a towel over your head, making faces when things don’t go your way, having that “come on man, I didn’t touch him” look on your face after being called for the foul…just a few examples of poor body language.
Where and when does this behavior start?
How come you rarely see any technical fouls handed out in college basketball? Come to think of it, I can’t recall when I last saw an official whistle a college player for a tech because he was arguing with the ref or arguing with another player. But, as soon as players enter the NBA, they’re assessed technical fouls often?
I understand players have been complaining for many years in the game of basketball. When a call goes against them or they disagree with something, all hell breaks loose.
Where does this type of behavior start?
Do coaches at the youth level do anything when a 13 year-old basketball player complains or whines during the game?
Are our high school coaches making sure kids don’t pout during games while they sit at the end of the bench…in clear view for everyone to see?
One of my players was complaining in the huddle during a game so I took him out of the game. The same player was causing a disturbance in the locker room at half-time of a game we trailed by 20 points. I sat him on the bench to begin the second half.
It’s our job as coaches and parents to stomp out this childish behavior
Why do athletes get away with this?
Pouting and whining need to be eliminated from basketball.
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