Without beating a dead horse, I am just against running as a punishment as that is old line coaching thinking that no longer works with athletes today.
If I recall correctly my minor coaches did allow water but then again they were way ahead of the times and we always had a championship sides or were contenders.
It is really focusing on what is important to get the wins. The ONLY time I ever threatened a guy about taking a penalty again was deliberate as I wanted to toss this fat out of shape bozo off the team. He had caused a loss in the first game of the year by running a guy down in the penalty box (men's soccer). I was the new coach that year and was shocked at some of the fat butts these guys had and I knew some had to go but that they had been together for some four years and pre-season cuts weren't in the cards. I later brought in my own guys. As I subbed the guy into the next game, I told him in front of the bench players that if he took another penalty in our box again he was gone from the team. Guess what... he did chop a guy in our box and I got to boot his butt out of there. I misused the "principle of expectation". That is, I expected the guy to fail based on his undisciplined play and I then created the conditions for him to meet my low expectations and he did and was gone forever. That was a one off thing that happened and not repeated.
My football story is former D lineman for the BC Lions, Doug Seymour and Coach Vic Rapp - I admired him as a fan but his style needed some work to stay at the pro head coach level. Seymour who I think passed away a few months ago was a true character in lots of ways. He borrowed a cab in Edmonton to go to their hotel down the street and there are apparently lots of other great stories that didnt' make the papers. But back to the punishment issue and how coaches misuse it in front of teams. Seymour would get caught for def. holding at times and Rapp once was going over film with the team and said while he kept repeating the play...'This is Doug Seymour holding and if he does it again, he won't be a part of the BC Lions' or words to that effect. If you want a guy to fail you say that to him so it justifies cutting him but that is no way to create a motivating, performance oriented environment for players at any level.
The high school team working on fitness is likely fine as long as there is enough time on the drills and skills and O and D work that will make the team better on the field as that is where the game is played. I worked as an assistant to one coach (former pro player and pro coach in soccer) who ran the shortest training sessions I have ever seen yet he got good results. When he wanted to work on free kicks or bringing the ball out from the back he'd tell me what guys were to go and who was to stay and the rest would leave. I used to be a bit surprised at how fast he got done but we were successful in games which was what it was about and we put 6 players into starting roles on the varsity team the next year which wasn't bad at all.
This guy had a major impact on the players. After a poor performance, he told me to tell one guy that what he was about to say didn't apply to him but just listen. The whole team got his quiet soft spoken wrath and we started for the locker room with the playes walking quietly behind us. The coach turns to me and says, "Can you imagine what would have happened to us if we coaching a pro team today?" I replied, "Yes. We'd both be fired!. Him: Yes. Those players still tell that story and that was 11 years ago! Great impact from a great coach who may have been too nice for his last pro coaching gig before this one.
Pierce-I learned a lot about perseverance. Things arenâ€™t always going to go your way. Iâ€™ve become so much more aware of the realities of the game and lifeâ€¦Things can be taken away from you. You can either sit backâ€¦or overcome it and fight through it....