Finding, recruiting and sustaining players involvement in your HCASC program takes work! Successful coaches tell us that they spend 50% of their time on those tasks, allocating the remaining 50% of their time to training and preparation.
Here are some thoughts to help you in your quest for a strong HCASC Club and the perfect HCASC team:
Where to Look for Players
What Makes a Good Player
Knowledgeable in many areas
What Skills are Required
Mastery of the game rules
What Knowledge is Required
Strong knowledge in 5+ content areas
Keeping Players Engaged
Finding the right group of students to work with is only the beginning of a coach's journey to the NCT. Successful coaches keep participation rewarding and fun to keep the students involved over the course of the season.
Creating an HCASC Club fosters a sense of community, shared goals and facilitates a regular schedule of interaction, practice and preparation. Create opportunities for bonding, whether it be going to a movie or bowling, having a meal together or challenging each other watching Jeopardy!
Students today are busy and can be easily distracted. Keep in contact with the players, especially if they miss a session. Be aware of students schedules including work and other extra-curricular activities.