Attention all walk on players,
The first couple months of the season has been a blast for most of you. You’ve got to suit up with the team, play in some games, and some of you have even scored some points. But as we move into conference play, your role will drastically change. No longer will you need to worry about player in games. Instead, you will need to focus on six specific jobs that will help the team. Do these jobs well and you just may help your school win a National Championship. Here’s your Handbook for Conference Play. Learn it, Live it, Love it.
1) Develop your signature celebration
Whether it’s the fist pump, a special clap, or a secret handshake, you all need you’re own signature celebration. Whenever the entire bench is doing their celebration in unison, it’s a thing of beauty.
2) Be a taste-taster of the Gatorade
While you’re teammates are playing, someone has to make sure the Gatorade is up to par. That someone is you. The guys on the floor will take solace in the fact the Gatorade is top notch thanks to you.
3) Shed some tears
The press loves to see guys on the bench crying after a loss. It’s instant notoriety. Next thing you know, you’re college is said to be “passionate and emotional”. That can’t be a bad thing, right?
4) Encourage your teammates by any means necessary
When your teammate makes a good play, encourage them. When they make a bad play, encourage them. Now, the key is to find how each of your teammates likes to be encouraged. The picture below is a great example of this.
5) Master the art of the “Arm Lock”
It’s public knowledge that the arm lock is the key to squeezing out those close victories so mastering this skill is a must. The arms must be locked at the precise angle for this to be effective so you will need plenty of practice before you master this one. Here are some seasoned vets showing you how it’s done.
6) Slow the premature celebrations
There will be times when you’re teammates will begin to celebrate prematurely. They sometimes will be so excited that they may begin to rush the court. It’s you job to slow down those celebrations and to remind them about the handbook. After the final buzzer has sounded, then all bets are off.
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