How do you (coaches) teach your players to respect others? I coach 5-6th grade boys b-ball. Is it a maturity issue? We talk as a team on the subject and the boys all nod their heads that they understand and can even give examples. But during scrimmages or games there is some heckling or laughing at a teammate who shoots an air ball. It is not just one player, they all have their moments. But as soon as one starts the heckling the others join in. Should I give one warning and then if it happens again, pull them from the game for a few minutes? Comments/ideas.
I know this is a bit more cruel but you could run them till they almost puke. I know some would disagree but it is a lesson learned early that will stick with them for the rest of their school days. I have been known to add a few ladders (kids call them suicides) at the end of a practice session to assist me in driving home a point like this one. Not only are you teaching them a lesson but you get them into better shape also.