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Delivering the Pre-game Talk to Your Junior Football Team

Part of the Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

What you say to kids before their football game, and how you say it, makes a big difference in how they approach taking the field. Here are some helpful pointers to prepare them for competition.

  • Speak in a calm and relaxed manner.

  • Be brief.

  • Conduct the talk away from any distractions.

  • Stress the importance of having fun and displaying good sportsmanship at all times during the game.

  • Stay away from overused clichés; speak from the heart to get your point across.

  • Avoid pressure phrases like ‘Let’s score five goals today.’ Kids can give you their best effort, but they can’t control the outcome of games.

  • Be enthusiastic with your tone of voice and body language. The kids will be more responsive.

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