What To Do When You’re Not Getting Playing Time

Dre Baldwin
9 min readJul 2, 2019

I wrote this for the struggling athlete, but the principles apply to anyone who’s having a tough time dealing with a superior — boss, coach, business partner — who doesn’t see the value in you that you see in you.


This is for athletes who play team sports such as basketball, football, baseball and hockey, and it’s about dealing with coaches and playing time issues in whatever sport you happen to play.

If you’re in a situation where you’re not getting the type of playing time that you want, how do you deal with that situation? How do you approach the coach with that situation (if at all)? What do you say?

There are certain things you should say, and certain things you should not say. What do you do depending on the outcome of those conversations — and what do you do if you don’t have that conversation?

My name is Dre Baldwin. For those who don’t know me, my background is a professional athlete. I played basketball overseas for nine years. I have a ton of experience when it comes to dealing with basketball coaches, basketball teams, and playing time situations: from playing every game to play in none of the games.

Over the last 11+ years, I’ve been posting videos on YouTube and blogging on my website, DreAllDay.com. Basketball players…



Dre Baldwin

The Discipline to Produce Your Best On Your Toughest Days. It ain’t for everybody. #TheThirdDay Creator of #WorkOnYourGame. DreAllDay.com