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Posted by | November 7, 2016 .


1. Coach is questioning your partners call or no-call
1.1 “Coach, that was a tough call. I’ll ask my partner to come over and answer your question during the next time out.”
1.2 “Coach, I’d like to have had your angle on that play, but from where I was it looked pretty clean.” (Obviously, this is tough to use if you’re right next to him when the play happens)

2. Coach is venting, making editorial comments.
2.1 “Coach, I hear what you’re saying.”

3. Coach has a good point and might be right on a call regarding a rule (not judgement call)
3.1 “Coach, let me talk to my partner and have him/her answer your question.”

4. Coach is irate and very upset about the officiating.
4.1 “Coach, I understand that you disagree with the call but behavior like that is only going to make matters worse. This is your warning.”

4.2 “Coach, are you saying that #15 is traveling every time he/she catches and shoots the ball? We will watch him/her the next time and do our best not to miss it if they do travel.”

4.3 “Coach, we are working hard for you. ”

4.4 ” Coach, I can understand what you saw there. We just saw it differently.”

4.6 “Coach, that’s your opinion but I don’t think that is a fair assessment of our game tonight. We have a great game here.”

5. The foul count is lop-sided.
5.1 ” Coach….the game is not over yet…we’ll see”

5.2 ” Coach, we’re aware of the foul count.”

6. Suggestions to De-Escalate Situations Non-Verbally.
6.1 Use non-threatening body language.
6.2 Nod no matter what you are saying (do not shake head “no”).
6.3 Stand perpendicular , flat (beside) or front to back, but never face a coach directly. It is an incendiary stance and projects aggression to the crowd, if no one else.
6.4 Do not gesticulate while talking to a coach. Ask him/her not to as well.
6.5 Answer questions with a concise, to the point response. Do not speak longer than 5 seconds
6.6 Time and distance” especially during a free-throw situation. It helps to end conversations with a coach prior to the second free-throw. This allows you to focus attention to live-ball action and not the coach.
6.7 Use distance to end a conversation by creating separationfrom a coach in a heated situation. This tells the coach “we are done” and that the conversation is over.