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Are Your Players Emotionally Fit for the Game?

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When players feel supported by their coaches and teammates, they are more likely to have fun and be successful. Supporting players includes continuously and positively reinforcing their efforts so that they are emotionally ready to bounce back from mistakes and to cope with difficult situations.

The Positive Coaching Alliance, calls this “Filling the Emotional Tank.” A player with a full tank will be ready to deal with most situations and will more likely have fun and therefore want to stick with youth sports. A player with an empty tank might struggle when constructive feedback is given and could feel deflated easily.

Coaches are encouraged to set team standards for support. Discuss with your team how they can help each other prepare for all that might happen in a practice or game situation. Most importantly, reinforce a positive and fun atmosphere for your team.