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play your own game not theres?

how to explain to 10/11yr olds to play there own game and not the other teams. i coach a great team who work fantastic together and have been going awesome this year. however they came up against a team on saturday that are still learning the game and the rules ( so there was alot of stepping, contact, and chaos on the court). my girls then started playing a very chaotic game and then making alot of silly mistakes. i said to the girls during the break that they need to play there own game and not the other teams game but i dont think they understood what i meant. does anyone know how i can explain to the girls that they need to play our own game and not there game? thanks

how about something similar to what you just said?  that normally when your team plays, they play really well, they spread out, drive to the ball, and have good footwork, but when they played a team whose skills were still developing, they started making the same types of mistakes, by not spreading out, and didnt play the way they NORMALLY do.  they played LIKE the other team was.  and by not playing THEIR normal game, they started to make the SAME type of mistakes.  this also occurs when playing a very highly skilled team, that they get confused about what or where they should be.  its all very normal, and even adults fall for this.  just remind them that when playing a team whose skills greatly differ from theirs, that its even more important to concentrate on the things they know, not letting the other team change what they do.  

good luck for the season.

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