"A goal is a dream that has an ending." – Duke Ellington

The Law of the Bench (Great Teams have Great Depth)

By Liberty University Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Carey Green

Texas A&M Associate Head Coach, Kelly Bond

Presented By Texas A&M Women’s Associate Head Basketball Coach, Kelly Bond
2011 Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium

 A great starter alone is simply not enough if a team wants to go to the highest level. A great team without a bench eventually collapses.

Anyone who minimizes the contribution of the bench is self-centered, underestimates what it takes for a team to be a true success and doesn’t understand great teams have great depth. Every human being has equal value, and every player adds value to the team in some way.

I. Today’s Bench – Tomorrow’s Starters

  • Most successful people go through an apprenticeship or a period of seasoning.

II. The Bench makes the starters better

  • The contribution of the bench determines the success of the team
  • The whole of the team is greater than the sum of its parts

III. The Bench is the Majority

  • The majority can’t be neglected and hope to be successful

IV. A Strong Bench gives More Options

V. The Bench usually Performs in Critical Times

  • Build a strong bench today for the crisis tomorrow
  • You don’t need the bench when things are going well; you need it when things aren’t going well.

The Key to making the most of the bench is to continually improve the team by commitment.

  • The stronger the commitment to improve the bench the greater the drive to achieve success.
  • If you can sustain growth and improvement in the midst of success and repeat the process while continually building your bench, then you can create a legacy team.
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