Things to try when kids do these:
- Show disgust after a play by looking upset, throwing things, etc. Coaching tip – remind players that it is never good to show the other team they are getting the best of you and what “poise” means. A top coaching phrase should be “Forget about it,” to help them remove the previous play from their mind before the next one.
- Have a wandering mind. Coaching tip – ask players after the previous play “Who wants the play (ball) coming their way.” This helps refocus players and gets them ready for the next play.
- Act disinterested at practice – many players just want to play games, but not work for success. Coaching Tip – have vital, fun, and competitive practices, so kids look forward to them almost as much as games.
- Expect instant success – many players are impatient and want to perfect skills immediately. Coaching Tip – preach that skill development is a journey that takes time, and even though the destination is always in doubt, thinking long-term is best. I often say, “It’s not how good you are today, it’s how good you can be tomorrow.”
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