The Law of the Bench (Great Teams have Great Depth)
By Liberty University Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Carey Green
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.