Below are the rules we shared with our team about our expectations of behavior in practice.
1. Always be on time. There is an 8 minute pre/post practice set up each day for your development. DTR means dressed, taped, ready for all practices including a morning on the court workout unless otherwise posted. Ankle braces and/or tape is mandatory unless a medical condition permits otherwise.
2. Being on time means being “ready to play” when the whistle blows to begin practice. Do not use our first drill to get ready because practice will always begin with a “bang”. We attack in everything that we do. This includes the start of each practice.
3. We will end each practice in a circle stretch.
4. When a coach talks, stop and listen. You can’t pay attention if you are moving. When a coach makes a teaching point to one player he is talking to all players. When on the sideline, watch a player at your corresponding position so that you won’t make the same mistake as him.
5. Don’t ever talk to another player while a coach is talking. We have no time to repeat what has already been said.
6. The pace of how we play has increased, so has the pace of how we practice. Going from one segment to the next has to happen quickly. Move from one thing to the next at a fast pace. Don’t walk anywhere.
7. No head bands or jewelry. Always have a 3rd color on – t-shirt.
8. Don’t shoot an extra shot or take an extra dribble after the whistle blows. No balls should be used while a player is out of practice unless given permission by a coach.
9. While standing on the X in practice, all players should be in front of me. We must see everyone’s eyes.
10. While shooting free-throws in practice, there is no talking.
11. Playing time is earned not given. We have a deep team and minutes in games will come from competing and performing on a daily basis. It is also important that you understand your role and our system. We need players that compliment each other and at the same time embrace what we do (The Xavier Way).
12. Coaches are not referees so play hard, compete and work to get better. Do not make a coach look bad because a “bad call” happened in a segment of practice.
13. Communication is an expectation in practice. We must communicate on a daily basis to be able to communicate under pressure in a game. In every segment of practice, communicate to your teammates. This is a point of emphasis in 06-07.
14. If moodiness is a part of who you are, get beyond it and understand that we depend on each other at all