Ball Hogs...

Posted By: Phyllis Doyle Burns

Ball Hogs... - 02/20/08 07:01 PM

My 10 year old grandson is on a basketball team. Some of the guys just hog the ball and do not pass to their team mates so we really lose a lot of points that way. Other guys do nothing but pass and yet others run up so far under the net that they could not possibly make a basket. Is this normal for young players or do we not have a very good coach?
Posted By: BellaDeb

Re: Ball Hogs... - 02/20/08 08:01 PM

I'd say quite normal and the coach might not be very good. LOL--kids at 10 are all over the place. They might not be getting enough practice on the fundamentals or they might be nervous.

As long as they are having fun and learning something (getting a bit better over time), then I'd leave them alone. Because in addition to the coach, every player has more coaches at home, probably telling them the opposite of what the coach said. Plus, it's hard to listen to anyone in a crowded gym with everyone yelling: Shoot it, throw it, over here, dribble, time out. and so on.
Posted By: Phyllis Doyle Burns

Re: Ball Hogs... - 02/21/08 03:43 PM

Yeah, I guess you are right. But, I don't yell directions at the kids, honestly I don't - there are enough other parents who do that and some of them actually get really mad! Poor kids, I bet they get yelled at all the way home. Last nights game was really exciting and I did of lot of cheering and clapping for our team - they were kickin'...
Posted By: FrankJBN

Re: Ball Hogs... - 03/05/08 09:10 PM

You have a bad coach.

10 years old is not so young that fundamentals cannot be taught. If indeed there are "ball hogs" they ruin the game for everyone - teammates and spectators.
Posted By: Phyllis Doyle Burns

Re: Ball Hogs... - 03/05/08 09:21 PM

Frank, that's what I think. The coach tries, I know - but, he has to instill in those kids the importance of teamwork! In Monday night's game they suddenly got into the habit of not dribbling or passing down the court, but throwing the ball from one end to the other as hard as they could without any aim and not looking to see if they had a team mate down there to catch it. Very frustrating! I don't like bragging, but my grandson was one of two who would get the ball, dribble and move fast to the other end and pass to a mate close to the net. The other kids just wildly threw the ball with no focus. I believe that is the coach's fault for not correcting them and telling them how to get points, not how to just throw the ball.
Posted By: MaggieMaey

Re: Ball Hogs... - 03/28/08 03:32 PM

My daughter was on a team like that. One boy would shoot no matter how covered he was! And his dad would encourage it the entire time. I don't think she touched the ball once. The coach did yell to the players to pass, but they would take the shoot every time!
Posted By: Phyllis Doyle Burns

Re: Ball Hogs... - 03/28/08 07:21 PM

My grandson's team lost a lot of chances at points because we had a ball hog on the team. No matter what the coach yelled, the kid ignored him and his teammates. It was very frustrating - but, still the kids seemed to enjoy their games and the season end pizza party was so much fun for them!
Posted By: "Rosie"

Re: Ball Hogs... - 03/28/08 07:25 PM

I'm glad the kids still had a good time, how old is your grandson Phyllis? mine is 23yrs old and still lives with me ;o)
Posted By: "Rosie"

Re: Ball Hogs... - 03/28/08 07:26 PM

Woops i saw it hes 10 sorry
Posted By: Phyllis Doyle Burns

Re: Ball Hogs... - 03/28/08 07:30 PM

Yes, he is 10, Rosie - and a heavenly delight for me! I helped deliver him and have been helping my daughter to raise him. He loves basketball and is very good at it. His coach made him the star player on the team because he could dribble, defend, pass, throw and get baskets almost every time he managed to get the ball from the "ball hogs".

Posted By: Basketball

Re: Ball Hogs... - 04/18/08 03:56 AM

I think that one coach I have seen (I am sure others do) cured ball hogs quite quickly. No one sat in the space next to him on the "bench" If someone screwed up, be it a ball hog or a wild passer, someone consistently throwing the ball away without seeing who was there to catch it, somone just loafing around and not hustling, etc. They got pulled out of the game and had to sit there next to the coach. The only thing he would say to them when pulled them out was, "You can sit here and watch until you are ready do listen to me and play" It didnt take long for the players to start listening and stop hogging.
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