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“There is a fine line between being positive and giving false praise.”


Another misconception with coaching youth is that you must make sure kids always feel good about themselves and their play. False praise is harmful to players because it gives them an imperfect reality to sports play and life.


Honesty is best but say things with understanding. Point out a lack of effort and preparation in a way that helps players understand what they can do better the next time.


Never fail to recognize and praise good effort but understand it is false to build up player’s performance results when their play was below average. Most players will begin to recognize the unsubstantiated praise and may even lose a little respect for the giver.


Both, “You were great” and “You embarrassed me” should be replaced with “I enjoyed watching you play” and “I will help if you want it.”

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