Coaches like to see their teams fully engaged in practice. They like to see players running around, chasing balls out of court, diving all over the floor, shouting, screaming, and trash talking. These outward signs of engagement are great to see and make practice better to observe and be a part of, but they do not necessarily indicate actual engagement and can sometimes mask poor quality.
True engagement in practice is a mental commitment to paying attention to the goals of the practice, reading the game appropriately, making good choices, using correct technique and playing as a team. Physical engagement as described can sometimes trick a coach into thinking that the players are fully mentally engaged. Don’t fall for that trick.
High intensity and high quality are not the same thing.
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