Raiders Ramble – Developing Resilience and Overcoming Adversity

Edition Eight – 4 December 2017

Coach Bill’s Message for the week

“Outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens.”


Welcome to the eight edition of Raiders Ramble and the half-way point in the season, where we can start to question what we are doing as coaches.

Recenty Bill was talking to a coach who was wondering if she should quit coaching basketball. She has coached a group of girls for the past three seasons and has won a grand total of three games.  They were being beaten by all the teams by over 20 points a game.  She loved the girls she coaches but the losses were becoming too much for her and she was doubting her coaching ability.  Before each game she heard the girls say things like “I wonder how much we will get flogged by tonight” and “Is it worth trying or even playing anymore?”   This is a tough situation to be in and a perspective that we all get.

As coaches we all need some support and help from time to time to continue doing the great job of not only developing basketball players but also mentoring our young people.  In this edition of Raiders Ramble, Bill has a few suggestions that may help in developing resilience and overcoming adversity for both coaches and players.

  1. Set small and achievable goals – achieving small goals will increase team morale and confidence.
  2. Stop talking about winning – winning should not be our main focus when coaching youth.
  3. Consistently increase your coaching knowledge – we are all time poor and obtaining knowledge can be a hard things as a coach but there are many options to increase your coaching know-how.


By doing these things you will feel more in control and your confidence will have a positive influence on your players.  Everyone will enjoy playing more and it will show in the team’s growth and attitude on court.

Download this week’s Raiders Ramble to read more about how you can help develop resilience in your team and overcome adversity.

We hope that you have been finding Raiders Ramble entertaining and helpful – please feel free to share these with your players, clubs and friends.  It all goes towards building a fantastic basketball community here in the hills.

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