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Coaches Corner: Ending a Season

Coaches Corner: Ending a Season

  • Date:
    Apr 7, 2020

Carla Berube (Princeton University)
When you end the season, what are the most important things you do?

I always give my athletes a couple of weeks to rest their bodies and their minds. I’ll still check in with them to see how classes are going and how they’re feeling after a long season. Whether the season was a success or not, there still is a sense of loss when it’s all over. Be there for them.

After the two-to-three weeks, we hold individual meetings with each player and my staff. We’ll reflect on the year, their individual season and what they want to work on in the post season. We’ll also vote for captains in these meetings. I think it’s important to establish the new leaders for the next team, so post season workouts are productive. There have been years that we wait until the end of post season to see who has emerged as a leader.

I think it’s important to give each player feedback on their games and the season. Always sandwich your criticism with positive comments. Each individual should have concrete things they can work on to get better. Have drills available to give them. 

I appreciate feedback from my players. I’d like to know how practice can be better and what we can do to make things run more smoothly.

I emphasize that my door is always open, since we don’t get to see our athletes as much in the post season. 

DeLisha Milton-Jones (Syracuse University)
When you end the season, what are the most important things you do?

The most important thing I do once the season ends is to give myself and the team time to reflect on the season before I have any individual meetings with them. 

I perform a staff evaluation and gather any information they have in regard to me and/or the program improving.

I always have my seniors write letters to the younger players, and my younger players write letters to the seniors and the impact they’ve left on them.

I speak constantly about legacies and what type of legacy my players want to leave, so writing about it serves a profound purpose.

I also write my seniors personal letters of my experience with them and the growth I’ve witnessed within them outside of basketball.

I also speak thoroughly with my players about their goals for the summer/off season, and we give them workouts specifically for them and the improvements they want to make.

Brian Robinson (Bishop McGuiness High School, NC)
When you end the season, what are the most important things you do?

Our end of season itinerary includes uniform inventory, written evaluations for each player, our off-season plan, which includes summer games and workouts and a date for our team party/get together.  We encourage all of our returning players to make sure they find ways to improve.  Some play a spring sport that's non-basketball, and others jump into the AAU/club basketball world. We make sure that each player knows they are supported in whatever they choose to do at the close our season. We make sure to thank our seniors for their time, and if any are signing late to play college basketball, they know what the dates and rules are. They all, including our coaches, are encouraged to take days off to recharge themselves.

Heather Stewart (Christopher High School, CA)
When you end the season, what are the most important things you do?
As you wrap up the season, it’s important to touch base with your athletes regarding their experience. Good questions to ask may include what they enjoyed the most, where they think they grew the most, what they would have like to have spent more time in practices, what they think they could have done differently, what they think the coaches could have done differently, and if they had fun. It’s also important to ask if they plan on returning and if they are available for spring and summer workouts. This is also the opportunity to give them feedback on where you thought they did well and where they can add extra focus in the off season. Lastly, I would ask what activities they are doing after the season either on or out of school, so that you and your staff can continue to support your athletes in all aspects of their journey. It’s also crucial to recap with your coaching staff and discuss athlete answers, so that you can make adjustments in your planning. 

Ras Vanderloo (Sioux City East High School, IA)
When you end the season, what are the most important things you do?

The first thing that needs to be done as soon as the season ends is having a short team meeting to explain all the details of year end things, like turning in equipment, voting on awards, continuing to stay on top of their academics and when the banquet will be. It’s also a time to express to the whole team your appreciation to them for the hard work they put in, the hours spent and also explain to them they need to thank their parents or guardians for all the hours they put in to help in the process of making their child a better player and a better teammate.

The second part of the year-end process is also very important. I believe individual meetings with each athlete that is returning next year is important to his or her future and understanding where they stand and what they need to improve on. Developing a plan for the off-season and guidance on how you can help. Explain to them the importance of off-season work and how it correlates to their improvement and playing time. Communication with your athletes is just as important in the off-season as it is during the season.

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