To alleviate the monotony of practices, every drill is a competition and all results are recorded. The coaching staff tracks the competitions throughout the season to determine playing time and the on-court rotation. From the players’ point of view, winning a friendly competition is one of many ways to earn a star on the Reward Board.
Earning a Star
Players can earn a star in a variety of ways, during games and practices:
- making every FT in a game, or leading the team in scoring or rebounding
- winning a competitive shooting drill or scrimmage
- exemplary practice attendance
- leadership initiative
- academic or extra-curricular achievement
It’s important for coaches to recognize and praise achievement. Stars can be earned with
a combination of talent and effort so that all players are included.
Basketball coaches receive many items that can be used as prizes. Golf shirts, watches, T-shirts, gift certificates (large and small), game tickets, and other prizes can be distributed to the leaders. Usually, the team will determine how to allocate the prizes.
The monetary value is largely irrelevant, as is the age of the players involved. Winning (and getting recognition) appeals to everyone. At the University of Toronto, postsecondary aged student-athletes were going all out to win ten dollar T-shirts.
Note: It is unusual that a player will win the contest by the margin illustrated in the above photo. This reflects an exceptionally consistent effort. Normally, the results are closer and most players are in the running for first place until the end of the year.