What Developing Better Guards Taught Me About Fostering Teamwork

April 21, 2017


When you ask players what a point guard's job is, you'll get mixed results. The majority will always respond with answers ranging from 3 pointers, crossovers and the like. The sheer number of players I encounter that have no idea what the job entails is troubling. This misunderstanding of the game and their role in it trickles down and causes so many hang-ups in what could potentially be great basketball systems.


When your guards get it wrong, the ball gets stuck, players feel left out, morale drops and then you end up with "when I do get the ball it's all about me" mentalities, which can be particularly difficult to manage.


My understanding is that the job of a point guard is to place his or her teammates in the best positions to use their strengths. As a coach you should exemplify this quality as well, an you can only do so if you devote enough time one on one with each player to learn them and their habits. 


During the Global Basketball Summer League, I was blessed to work with a group of guys with great personalities, and who were open to instruction. Though most camps are only a few days, you have the unique opportunity to instill players with knowledge they can take with them the rest of their career. Although players of their caliber are expected to be able to learn plays on a dime, I spent my time with them encouraging true team play, learning each other's strengths and letting the game happen naturally. When you teach it that way, when your players get in a pinch they'll always fall back on what they know of their teammates, and are able to trust them to deliver. That trust is the driving force behind any solid team. 

During the first day I spent a long time on the floor scrimmaging with the guys, going through drills and the like, to identify where they were comfortable and what that meant for their game. (If you're interested in my assessment system feel free to contact me via the information at the bottom of this post). I got them excited about working together, coupled with lots of positive reinforcement and the result was a championship appearance in the GBSL.


1.) Identify your players strengths
2.) Communicate their strengths in a group setting
3.) Communicate each players weaknesses to them individually, and develop a plan with your player development staff/trainers to help them develop in the ways they really need to.
4.) Instill your methodology, plays, etc, AFTER you've built this foundation. That way, if the play or plan breaks down, they will instinctually know what to do.


I have had a lot of success in basketball and in business applying this methodology. Contact me to learn more!


Zacharias Kennedy is the Head of Athletics and Sales for Seek Software Inc. To learn more about him or to speak with him about how Seek can help your fitness business reach the next level without breaking the bank, you can reach out to him on LinkedIn or you can fill out this form

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