If you are coaching a team, any team, the natural inclination is to allow the strongest players to take up the bulk of your team’s presence in any game or match. It also tends to be one of the cardinal rules that many newer coaches make. It can be difficult to balance the desire to win with the desire to help your players develop their skills and their love of the game. However that, as a coach, is exactly what you need to do.
Methods to give equal playing time depend mainly on the level of team you are coaching. If you are coaching very young players it can actually be much easier to give equal playing time to all of your players since they will probably more or less be on an even level of skill or expertise. With very young players, you may find that the level of discrepancy between the weakest and strongest players is not that extreme. Then, it is simply a matter of logistics and recording the amount of time each player has had on the court or the field.
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