Fifteen Tips to Get the Most Out of your Bench Players
contributed by Kevin Reilly
- Establish roles for your players (i.e. defense, passing, three point shooting.)
- Try to get substitutes in end of first quarter and during second quarter
- Reward players for their efforts in practice with more playing time.
- Getting players in the game early gives them confidence if they are needed later.
- Getting players in early gives you one less thing to think about down the stretch of a close game.
- Matchup your substitutions with your opponent's substitutions.
- Establish positive relationships between first stringers and reserves.
- Work with second team in practice.
- Get kids ready to play.
- Use different combinations and different starting lineups.
- Take kids out of a game on a good note, if possible
- Don't yank kids out of a game after a bad pass, missed layup, etc., if possible.
- Make all kids feel involved in the game and practice.
- Give kids opportunities to see for themselves why they are not getting more time or playing with the first unit.
- Talk and explain substitution process when possible.