Coaches communicate in a variety of ways. What we say, what we write, what we do, how well we listen, and how close we are to those with whom we are communicating are among the most obvious mechanisms for communication.
With young athletes, it’s best to be happy, cheerful, positive, and encouraging. This defines and reflects the whole environment. In times of stress, be calm and gentle – despite how challenging it seems in the moment. When giving instruction, be concise and brief, as the attention span for most youth participants can be very short. Provide “constructive instruction”; build up rather than tear down; use lots of how-tos and minimize the don’t-dos. [Read more…]