6 Things to get your players to buy into your system


Kevin Eastman, a former NBA assistant coach and Nike Basketball’s National Director of Skills, has pioneered skill development and teaching methods for getting the best from players. Below are key points he presents in a lecture on getting players to buy into your system.

  • Thoroughly study the game; let them know you know.
    • Knowledge gains respect – e.g. if you are using a drill or play from a famous coach or player tell them.
    • Point out which skills this has helped the player to hone. 
  • Thoroughly study your own system.
    • Show players they can get better in your system, i.e. show them how their where their skill sets can be most effective within the system
    • Where do your specific players get their shots from?
    • Link these observations to the drills that you run so that the players focus on the details they need to master when running the drills 
  • Catch them doing something right.
    • Let them know you believe in them – E.g. stop a drill or game and point out a player executing a perfect screen and roll or other skill
  • All players have labels.
    • E.g. Non-shooter…Identify the label and dispel it / improve it.
  • It’s not just what you know that counts.
    • You must bring energy, effort, and enthusiasm to each workout.
    • Players like Coaches who sweat with them.
  • Tell players the truth…they want to hear it …just privately.
    • Show them by video tape and statistics.

You may also like...