“Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices, I never play my eleven best players, I play my best eleven players,” Knute Rockne.
Team work; those parts, pieces, and positions of any clinic on leadership and effort to teach the goal of accomplishing an uncompromised inclusive effort and ultimate success and cognizant good of all?
Rockne also said, “One who practices good sportsmanship is better than a hundred teaching it.”
Is it getting harder for coaches to put the complete best team into the game?
Geno Auriemma, the University of Connecticut’s Head Coach of the Huskies Lady basketball team, thinks it is getting very hard to find those team minded players, and is not shy about stating some of those reasons for that struggle.
In a press conference Auriemma focused on what young athletes watch in pro sports, after he states with a stare at the mic,”Don’t get me started on this”, but he goes on to say that kids watch these pros and say to themselves,” I want to be like that, that is cool” and so that is how they play the game, and they don’t even know which is their pivot foot or how to set a pick.
Auriemma made it clear that he has seen what he thinks is the problem in the young athlete’s team mentality and has seen it at the high school, AAU Leagues, and college levels. Kids can do the cross over and between the leg dribbles and no look passes, but they fail in the team effort because they are consumed with being “cool” and watching the scoreboard to see how many points they have. Parents are the same way, these kids get it honestly.
Auriemma and his staff put a lot of emphasis on his teams body language, “I will never put a player on the floor who plays for themselves,--(I am not going to score or make the pass so why should I play too hard) they will never get into the game --NOT EVER! He concludes emphatically that he would rather lose than put a non-team players effort, no to matter how good they are, on the floor.