Thursday, August 16, 2012

Defining Roles with Three Things on a Notecard

There are many times when players are unsure of their role(s) on the team, especially early in the year while the team is still forming. The "Three Things on a Notecard" technique is a good way to quickly clarify roles for our players. The Three Things on a Notecard technique is quite simple - write three things on the notecard that you really want the player to concentrate on. These should be different for each player and tailored to their abilities and skills. These notes can be as simple as rebounding or something more complex such as where you want them to get their shots from.

Now, the three things you write are not the only three things the player should do, it should just give some direction to the player. Also, make sure your roles are written in positive, instructive talk - the instructions should be what you want the player to do, not what you don't want them to do.  

They are quick to make, and I have felt that they've made a difference when helping players to realize their roles. Hopefully they can work for you!

1 comment:

GeekCyclist said...

I like everything I've read on your blog and this idea intrigues me. Would you mind taking a post and expanding it for those of us with a little less experience?

I'd love to see some actual samples, and some of the thought process you go through to identify roles as well as matching what you tell individuals to your team concept. Maybe how you would use this with a struggling player, or a player you might need to discipline.