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Motivating Your Football Players through Smart Coaching

By The National Alliance of Youth Sports, Greg Bach

Part of Coaching Football For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Here are some coaching guidelines to help motivate your football players to give their best efforts, not get discouraged, and become the best they can be on the playing field:

  • Stay calm. Don’t distract your players by running up and down the sidelines, yelling instructions at them.

  • Encourage players to give it their all at all times — regardless of the score.

  • While correcting errors, use words that boost confidence and reinforce positive thoughts. For example, instead of saying, “Don’t fumble,” say, “Hold onto the ball.”

  • Convey instructions in a calm manner and tone.

  • Give kids the freedom to make mistakes, and coach effort over skills. Boost productivity by providing constant encouragement.

  • During timeouts, relay positive information to your team.

  • When substituting players, take players out of the game after they’ve done something well rather than after they’ve made a mistake.