Your young football players are counting on you for guidance and support all season long. The following are some helpful ways to meet their needs.

  • Be specific with your praise.

  • Stop training sessions to point out when a player does something well rather than when he or she makes a mistake.

  • While providing feedback, use the ‘sandwich’ method by placing a critical remark between two encouraging comments.

  • Pile on the praise for kids giving their best and displaying good sportsmanship.

  • Provide constant positive reinforcement – it’s the key to improvement.

  • Focus on fun and safety instead of wins and losses.

  • Be passionate and enthusiastic – it carries over to your players.

  • Have reasonable expectations and set attainable goals for the kids.

  • Remember that kids making mistakes is all part of the learning process.