COACHING THE BLOWOUT
As a coach, we’ve all been there, regardless of sport or level of play.
You’re on the sidelines and you glance up at the scoreboard and your team is getting crushed. You can’t wait for the clock to run out.
There’s also the other side of the coin; you peek up at the scoreboard and you are crushing the opponent. You have a chance to play some guys or gals who don’t get much tick.
Coaching during this period of time can get a bit uncomfortable believe it or not. (it is for me)
You scratch your head after a loss and watch film over and over to try to correct the situation for your next game.
If you are crushing the opposition you feel like everything you did worked like a charm. You want to bottle the victory and use it as a confidence-builder.
One coaching thought that always sinks in; when do you get your starters out?
When do you get the JV guys in?
How about the an athlete who has a chance to break a record whether it be a school record, state or even national one? (Not that you would even be aware of someone on your team on the verge of breaking a record)
The Indy-Star has a story about a high school wide receiver that broke a national record back on Sept. 2 for most yards (437) gained in a single game. The final score was 63-10. The coach of the winning team kept his record-setting player in the game and tossed a few bombs to him late in the game to put his name in the records book.
The record came in a 63-10 victory over Elkhart Central, with South Bend Washington throwing passes to Dieter on the game’s final 10 plays in pursuit of the mark. It has spawned a discussion about sportsmanship in high school sports and the ethics of setting records.
I’ve heard people discussing this topic and believe it or not some say they have no problem with it and some say it is poor sportsmanship.
What do you think? What would you do?
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