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Don’t Trust Your Partner

I watched a game recently and A1 took a 3 pointer from the corner. The lead official stepped out to cover the shooter and stayed with the play until the shooter returned to the floor. The trail official stepped in anticipating the long rebound and subsequently called a push in the back on B2. In between the shot and the foul call, the ball hit the rim and bounced up in the air and appeared to touch a support wire.

The crew awarded the ball to Team A on the baseline for the throw in and the game continued. I chatted with the guys at halftime and asked whether either of them had seen the ball hit the support wire on the shot in the 1st quarter. Nobody’s perfect. That’s why you have a partner. Make yourself better. Make your partner perfect.

Be mindful of those spots where hyper vigilance may be necessary. i.e., two players that have been going at it who suddenly fall behind a play. Someone may be about to throw a punch. Or a quick play on the side line, when players turn their backs, and the ball goes out of bounds. Did you anticipate and position yourself to get a good angle and make the right call? Maybe your partner had a better look? Did you look to your partner for help? We all need help sometimes. The crowd on that side probably knows who touched it last. Don’t guess and hurt your credibility.

Moral: Don’t Trust Your Partner (to be perfect}. Be prepared to cover anything and everything that may happen in a game.

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Life & NYB – Relationships

It is the championship game. You have the ball and a 1 point lead with 24 seconds left, no time outs, both teams are in the bonus. One of your teammates needs 3 points to win the scoring title. What do you do?

There are some options below. Think about them carefully. Your decisions will be based on your Relationship to the team, the coach and the players. You may want to skip to the bottom and read the definition of relationship before you answer!

  • You pass the ball to your teammate who needs three points.
    • TRUST
  • You keep the ball away from your teammate that needs three points.
    • No TRUST
  • You keep control of the ball and do not take a shot until time runs out.
    • DECISION
  • You wait until there is 8 seconds and you pass the ball to the teammate that needs three points.
    • CHOICE

The Good of the Individual versus the Good of the Team.

What is more important? Always?

YOUR GOOD versus His/Her Good

Consider work – Consider relationships

Happiness and Selfishness

Can the two things coexist?

RELATIONSHIP: the way in which two or more people or things are connected: Connection,  association,  link

TRUST: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something: Confidence, belief, faith

LOYALTY: a strong feeling of support or allegiance: Duty, dedication, commitment

SELFISH: lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure: Inconsiderate, thoughtless, uncaring

Life & NYB – Relationships is part of a discussion series designed to make better people and players. Click the link for the handout and the accompanying Fast Five from the Foul Line Drill.

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NCAA Division I Graduation Rates: A Different Perspective

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida released its annual study, “Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation Rates for 2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Teams” which is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament-bound teams. The study examines the Graduation Success Rates (GSR) and Academic Progress Rates (APR) for the tournament teams as reported by the NCAA. The study also compares the performance in the classroom for African-American and white basketball student-athletes. The study of NCAA  Division I men’s basketball tournament teams reveals marked improvement in overall graduation rates but large continuing disparities of the success of African-American and white student-athletes.

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