Supporting Your Junior Football Players - dummies

Supporting Your Junior Football Players

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

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.