Athletics

bballAthletics and Coaching Philosophy
The term philosophy is generally used both in coaching and everyday life to refer to a world view or approach, or even a kind of personal ideology. Ultimately what these athletes have in common is that their sport is important to them and they’re committed to being the best that they can be within the scope of their limitations – other life commitments, finances, time, and their natural ability. They set high, realistic goals for themselves and train and play hard. They are successful because they are pursuing their goals and enjoying their sport. Their sport participation enriches their lives and they believe that what they get back is worth what they put into their sport.

The benefits of participation in athletics:

  • Builds character and confidence
  • Gives athletes a sense of accomplishment
  • Prepares athletes for life and teaches them how to work as a team
  • Presents an opportunity to socialize, get some exercise, develop a healthy style of living, get out of the house and make friends.
  • Presents an opportunity to earn a scholarship to college

For students interested in participating in sports, download and have your family doctor fill out and return back to the athletics department. Doctors Note 2015


Academics

The player needs to realize first and foremost that she is a STUDENT-ATHLETE and has to keep her grades her first priority and athletics second. If a player is failing one subject, she needs to go to tutoring to pick up the grades that she is struggling in for the quarter. If a player is failing two subjects, she will no longer be on the team until she receives a passing grade in all courses on her report card.

Sportsmanship / Respect

Some people define good sportsmanship as the “golden rule” of sports — in other words, treating the people that one plays with and against as one would like to be treated. A player will demonstrate good sportsmanship when she shows respect for herself, her teammates, and her opponents, for the coaches on both sides, and for the referees, judges, and other officials. Learning good sportsmanship means finding that the positive attitude learned on the field carries over into other areas of life. Their sport participation enriches their lives and they should believe that what they get back is worth what they put into their sport.

Accountability
While each member of the team is a young adult, she needs to be aware of her actions and be held accountable for what she does/does not do in practice/games.
The players should view their sport as an opportunity to compete against themselves and learn from their successes and failures.

Playing time and Competition

All members will play during the season, but to play every game is not always guaranteed because of different situations.
For example: If a player does not show up to a practice the day before a game, she should not expect to play in that game.

High school sports are becoming very competitive in today’s society for many different reasons. One main reason is because students are trying to receive scholarships for sports in order to attend a good college. With the increase of competition, players need to increase their basic knowledge of the game and rules. Most students that come to AMSU are not sure of the basic rules of the game and sometimes could be a danger to themselves or others on the court/field. Until the coach feels that the student understands of the rules, it is the student’s best interest to observe the game. The best way for a student to learn is actually by watching the game.

Examples:
A player may not start as the best player, but with continuous hard work she will develop and earn more playing time with each passing day.

A player might feel that a particular team is “really good” and she is mentally unavailable to play in that game. The player needs to prepare herself for competition by imagining that she will perform well in competition and have confidence in herself.

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