- As you might expect from an organization called Positive Coaching Alliance: coachability is critical. Nobody is infallible, but coaches usually get to be coaches by demonstrating knowledge of the sport and an ability to communicate in ways that get the most out of players’ ability. Players can learn a great deal about basketball and life from most coaches. The idea that you give respect to get respect is a two-way street between coaches and players. Once all are on that same street, coachability becomes natural. Even if players do not always understand a coach’s direction, one of the great values of basketball is the chance to try new things, learn what works and what doesn’t and apply lessons from that experience to future dealings with authority figures from parents to teachers to bosses.