Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Lazy Star.. How does one Motivate?


It's off season training time.

If you play competitive ultimate, whatever division, you've probably played with someone who possesses great talent but fails to get optimal performance from said ability. Let's take a look at the list of players that frustrate coaches and teammates
  • The millon dollar body with the 5 cent mind star
  • The dominates in tryouts but chokes at nationals star
  • The skilled/intelligent guy who can't pass the baseline physical tests star
  • The can't take the next step star
  • The recreational drug star
  • The can't stay healthy star
  • The mentally weak star
  • The plays for himself star
  • The skips practice star
Randy Moss 'I just don't respect you enough to run hard'
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Some of these players are easier to spot than others. However, many Canadian teams in May tryouts overlook the negative faults of these players and focus on the positives. Especially when dealing with the great athletes. These are not bad people- they just simply haven't been conditioned to improve outside of their comfort zone, have had bad examples to follow or have been able to get by on existing talent.

Unfortunately, rewarding players with team spots when they refuse to address their weaknesses (i.e. Fitness, Throws, Team Play, Drug Use, Injury Prevention, Off season training habits, Playing for the team) does not help your team. That amazing 6'5 lane cutter who cuts off everyone else will be your kryptonite when your chasing a national title. The great thrower who looks off the easy throw on game point doesn't hoist high level trophies without a whole lotta help. Any player susceptible to injury is worth a lot less to your team than you probably think/calculate at tryouts.

So, the poll question is

Can an ultimate team/captain coach motivate "lazy" star players?

How do you handle the type of players listed above. Do you try to work with these players? Do you cut these players from your team? Do you bite your lip and put up with these players for the sake of wins?

Paul Cobb: The antithesis of the lazy star.
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Photographer: Dave Knowles


Sport Management Steven said...

Allrighty People,

So far, the poll has an almost even number of voters saying the lazy star can be motivated.

What are the arguments on both sides? I want some comments on this one.

paul said...

Three comments:
1. By putting my name and 'star' in the same sentence, you've padded my ego way beyond what is necessary or deserved. I will disregard...
2. I work hard on the field, sure, but I have a long way to go when it comes to off-practice and off-season time. My throws are shitty and inconsistent at best, and I don't workout nearly as much as I could or should.
3. For the record, I dropped that disc.