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General Without a Cause
Why most basketball coaches reject teaching players?
by Sidney Goldstein Copyright © 2004

I've often wondered why coaches are so reluctant to teach basketball to their players. Obviously the team would do better and they would be fulfilling their duty as a teacher. Basketball teams are formed by schools as an educational as well as athletic activity.
Their excuses.
1-They don't know how to teach basketball.
2-They don't have the ability to teach basketball.
3-No interest.
4-Think plays are the answer.
5-Think poor untrained players are the problem.
6-Too much talent at higher levels, so they just look for talent.
7-Demeaning to teach skills players should have learned before.
8- Lack of ability and interest in watching players.

Of course, they do not know how to do it, but that should not prevent them from learning. And these coaches are not stupid, though I could be wrong.

The dozen or so men that coached me were great people, I always had a lot of respect for them because of the way they treated me.

"I'm the king of the castle!" shouts Harry Kramden (Jackie Gleason) in the everlasting comedy the Honeymooners.

Your comments are welcome.
Sidney Goldstein, author of The Basketball Coach's Bible and The Basketball Player's Bible, has successfully coached both men's and women's teams over a period of 15 years.

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