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Talking About Playing Time

Playing time discussions require effective coaches to be calm, cool, and collected all at the same time. They understand that these are critical conversations and therefore must hold back one inherent trait in order to engage in them-the need to win. As coaches we love to win, yet wanting to win sits atop the list of critical conversation killers. As coaches, heaven only knows, that we come by this passion naturally enough. This desire to win is built into our very fiber. Add to this the fact that playing time discussions are usually spontaneous and more often than not come after a loss. And since you’re caught by surprise, you’re forced to conduct an extraordinary complex human interaction in real time.