Jim Burson has recently ended his long career after 38 years at the guide of the Fighting Muskies (of a 41 years long career), as the most winning coach in the history of the Muskingum University with 542 wins. This record brought him in the Top 10 ever of the Division III, and in the Top 5 between the coaches in activity.
To turn it over or not to turn it over is not the question. You will turn it over! The question is how will you and the players respond when a turnover occurs.
General comments for coaches concerning the reduction of turnovers.
Do not get too concerned about mistakes that are made with full effort and focus. Forget the past and get on with the next play. A lot of coaches want to beat a dead turnover.
We want teams (players) to know why they made an error. We need to develop the mentality in players to know the reasons why the TO occurred and to never make excuses, but always strive for improvement. Give me reasons, and answers and suggestions, not excuses. I want players to become analysis experts, not just the player who made the TO, but all members of the team.
Respond to effort and behavior and not just the turnover. Confront reactive behavior and less than all out effort. Reward effort and hustle after turnover.
You should not fear making a turnover, but you should fear not hustling after or not being welcome to correction. Help players and yourself to develop a mistake mentality which allows mistakes to foster improvement. You need to avoid effort related mistakes and repeating the same mistake over and over.
A coach who expects no turnovers is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Need to enhance a coachable spirit which allows the player to be reprimanded and disciplined so they can become reliable, trustworthy, and coachable in game situations.
Coaches should explain the purpose of correction (criticism) as being necessary to enhance learning.
The players need to be active participants in turnover analysis. They need to understand and be problem solvers. Self assessment is part of the solution.
A coach must realize that every player must enhance their game if they want to improve and particularly if they want to reduce the number of TO's.
Mistakes are often an indication that learning is taking place. Must show mistakes to players to correct them mentally and physically. Remember, correction never ends. Continuous improvement.
The coach must stay under control and be patient and calm (avoid impatience and anger).
As a coach, you need to be a leader instead of a blamer. Acknowledge the turnover and then do everything you can to correct it.
You can’t get so upset that you destroy the players'confidence and they do not make corrections.
Are you a good coach? A lot of the evidence may be produced in how you handle turnovers. Show me the game evidence!
What kind of coach are you? The best coaches are not those brooding, neurotic perfectionists, who scream and rant and rave in practice and on the sidelines, but rather those individuals who advocate leadership and responsibility of their players in an atmosphere where they are encouraged to think for themselves, reach for their best, feel free to make it happen, assure that everyone is given the fundamentals of the game, the proper techniques and understanding of the priorities and basic training, conditioning and then lets the players play the game.
You must teach the players understanding of the cause of the turnover and the situation involved. Was the error physical or mental or both and proceed with a plan to correct it.
Correct the TO - discipline the TO. Be sure everyone knows why the TO occurred. Be positive with the player and negative with the circumstances and situations. This is difficult to do as a coach. It is hard to be positive in the middle of a TO, coach must see beyond to what will be learned.
As a coach, you can have a degree of (self control) serenity even during a turnover if you know that the players know.
Correcting performance, particularly TO's, and providing positive feedback is a never-ending task for coaches.
Happiness is not found in more or less turnovers only in understanding correction and acceptance.
If you can hold your head up and admit you made a mistake, take positive steps to improve, then the mistake can actually be of benefit to you or your team.
Being free from turnovers is too much to expect and can result in shattered teams by a coach who is demanding and expecting perfection.
You don't want freedom from TO's - you want understanding of the reasons and causes and awareness, so that we may improve (reduce) and correct and strive toward excellence.
If you understand, the game will be just as it is. If you do not understand, the game will be just as it is. If you do understand, turnovers will occur; if you don't understand, turnovers will occur.
Keep your mind open to change all the time. Welcome it. Court it. Enhance it. It is only by examining and re-examining your thoughts, opinions or ideas that you can make progress.
Coaches need to free themselves from hatingturnovers to loving the fact that they have transcended to understanding the cause and will attempt to correct them. And you know the players know!
To make zero mistakes is not in the power of the team, but from these errors the wise coach and good players can learn wisdom for the next game. Your players must know you cannot beat more talented teams unless you practice more diligently, improve fundamentals and lesson TO's by awareness and understanding.
If your team commits turnovers and you remain calm and understanding you will take on the appearance of a great coach.
There is nothing more essential to the development of a great team than the coach and players all having great character.
It's not the turnover that hurts the situation, it's the time before (situation and circumstances) and the time after (hustle and reaction) that if not addressed or understood, that is important!
If you have a great desire to reduce turnovers, you have mentally contributed to half of victory; if you don't, you have contributed to half of your defeat.
I DOUBT IF I CAN PLAY
The coach screams: "Why did you make that pass? It cost us a possession! It lead directly to a lay-up. How dumb can you be? Don't you ever listen? Go sit down-get somebody in there that knows what they are doing!"
My confidence has been shattered. I know the coach just wants me to play smart and get better but his screaming at me shakes my confidence. I am afraid to pass it, scared to dribble and absolutely horrified about attempting a shot. He yells at me again and my doubts are overwhelming. I want to scream: A) "Help me, show me, correct me;" B) "I will do whatever you want but I don't know what you want!" As coaches, we often create more problems by the way we react. As a coach, always address the turnover and correct them, then approach the player and encourage and lift him beyond his doubts.