Not Getting The Respect That You Deserve From Your Coach?
A lot of players tend to feel as if they are not getting the respect they deserve from their coach or coaching staff. I know this is a very hard pill to swallow, but PLEASE do not make any drastic decisions!
If you feel this way there are a number of things you can do to improve your situation:
1) TALK to your coach!
Communication is key, your coach is not a mind reader, and neither are you. Talk to your coach and ask what he thinks you should do so that you may have a more significant role on the team. Be sure to have this conversation in private with him. Set up an appointment, or, visit him during his office hours.
2) Keep training and playing hard
The worst thing to do in this type of situation would be to stop playing hard, or, to embrace a “I don’t care” type of attitude. You never know, your coach may just be testing you, and the worst thing to do would be to show no effort. Stick to your training regiment and continue playing hard in practice.
3) Talk to one of your former coaches
Doing this will help you gain another perspective on the situation and help you see things from the eyes of a coach. If you are a high school player you may not have many former coaches, instead ask your family and see what advice they have to offer.
Stay strong and focused during this rough time, and remember to never give up.