With all the rules in place on the high school level, have you figured out how to efficiently help your players grow as the school year begins? In every state there are rules limiting teams from "practicing" before the preseason starts but there is a legal way of implementing your system and getting your players comfortable with the system well before you are able to practice.
The answer is hire a Systems Trainer.
What is a Systems Trainer?
It is a Basketball Skills Development Trainer who trains players within YOUR SYSTEM who is not on your staff.
Why the name?
As a coach you should know what to ask for. This term also allows for trainers to know exactly what a coach is looking for and expecting. Trainers will be able to create effective workouts that will benefit your program having understood the objective.
The name Systems Trainer is just a characteristic of a Basketball Skills Development Trainer. However, all trainers are not effective systems trainers. Systems Trainers have to understand the offensive concepts and the role the coach has for the player and merge those factors while developing the player. In short, the trainer MUST have a relationship with the coaches of the players they train and understand the coach's philosophy to produce players who are comfortable within the coach's system.
There are two types of System Trainers.
Systems Trainers who are able to condition and strengthen your team while training your players within your system are invaluable because everything is focused on your system. Players will have individual as well as team goals to meet in conditioning, strength training, and role training.
This trainer can not be on staff because then it would be considered practice. If the trainer is not on staff and the coaches are not present during the workout, it's fair game. Players hire trainers all the time, so why not advertise and work with the trainer who will have your program's best interest?
Thousands of parents are hiring trainers for their child to become better players, but are they hiring the best trainers? Are players training for their roles? Are the trainers effective? Are players practicing shots they will take during the season? Are the player and trainer aware of the coach's goals for the player and are they working towards them?
These are the questions that can be answered emphatically with a yes, if you have a Systems Trainer you have partnered with.
If as a coach you partner with an effective Systems Trainer, and discuss what you need your players to develop then it is a win win win for you, your players, and the trainer. The trainer has gained clients they can help develop. The coach have players who have grown and will be effective in their system, and the players have found a trainer who can help them develop into the best possible player in and out of the coach's system.
Most importantly, this relationship should be a year round relationship which would again benefit everyone involved. Trainers will echo the same expectations and values of the coach and the player will benefit from hearing one voice. Coaches will also benefit since the trainer can update the coach on the progress of the player. Players who could otherwise go overlooked could have an advocate that has the coach's ear who is respected.
If you like this concept contact me, especially if you are in the DMV area. I can develop and run effective workouts for your program to help players grow individually while also being effective within your program.
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