Thursday, March 11, 2010

More on Semantics

Continuing from some ideas on the last post -

Your player/teammate just made a bone-headed turn-over on the field. Getting the disc back is imperative: What do you say to them, or in general?

I like:
Let's get this back!
I'm going to get this turn!
I got your back, bro!

I avoid:
Go get it back!
(Name of Player)!!! GRRRRR!!!
Anything derisive.

When I'm playing and a teammate turns it I tell them that I've got their back and that I'm going to get the D. Then I play D as hard as I can. I've found that it's an effective way of slyly (and in a positive manner) guilting them into shaking off the mistake and getting on their horse. Shouting "Go get it back!" will often negatively tighten younger college players who, upon being singled out, only feel their mistake highlighted.

On the other hand, telling him that you're going to get it back has a much different effect. Here he ise, having messed up and obviously knowing it. He expects a backlash, but what he gets is an example of his teammate selflessly offering to right their mistake. He feels his team's support, but more importantly he sees his buddies working to right an error he made. As bad as he might feel about his mistake, a quick and personal mental calculation tells him it's nothing compared to how he will feel if his buddies bust their ass for him and he just lags pissing and moaning. He sets his jaw, he decides he's going to man up for his own error, and we're off, 7 men playing their best D only moments after a turn.

I've had a bunch of these little questions floating around the back of my head this past year as captain of a natties club team and coach of a college champion hopeful. I think next I'm going to write a little about the thin line separating Being Angry from Being Intense, and why it's important to try as much as possible to tap into the latter and avoid the former.

5 comments:

BenjamminSpears said...

good suggestion. and i like that you're going to explore intensity versus anger. a couple years ago i posted about a player's psychological choice b/w confidence and supremacy. if you're interested: http://benjamminspearsblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/confidence-and-supremacy.html

Juan Sebastian said...

I like this. I'm going to start doing it tonight...

Jackson said...

Awesome. This and your previous post are interesting, thoughtful, and you're discussing ideas that I haven't seen discussed elsewhere in the ulti-blog-o-sphere (am I missing some blogs?).

Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

what just happened at regionals? when's the last time wisconsin didn't get first or even second place?

siravarice said...

I find I play harder when the team is playing worse, or a few people are. Confidence breeds confidence and I believe it is the same for commitment and motivation. I don't say anything because people know when they screw up. I just play even harder.