About Me

Jack Perconte

Absolutes to Teach at Every Practice and Game

Sports coaching tips of the day

Knowing how to teach is crucial, of course, but unfortunately, many coaches do not know how to do it most productively. Of course, I wrote a 320-page book on just that, so to break it down into a few ideas seems impossible. But if nothing else, the following are crucial with the day to day teaching.

  • “Play to your strengths; practice your weaknesses.” In time, you must help layers learn what they do and don’t do well. All players have both good and bad actions or at least not so good ones, but they must know them, so they look for the edge in games by knowing what they do well and do not do well, and by making their weakness a little less weak over time.
  • “Why are you so upset, that was not your best opportunity anyway.” Along the lines of the above, I want players to know when they should be disappointed and it’s not when the play was outside of their “strength” range.
  • “Remember the things you can control.” Besides effort, players should understand the mindset and body moves they should be able to do for their age and skill level for particular plays.
  • “Remember, that is the one thing we do not want to see.” A follow-up to the above coaching point is that players understand the most common flaw that they must learn to avoid, if possible. Many actions can be complicated, but knowing the main wrong move is essential.
  • “Remember the good, forget the bad.” Nothing is more important than getting players to think of the positive and not the negative, along with having a short memory. The ability to clear the mind before the next play is vital.

Finally, asking questions about each of the above is the next stage. Once you’ve taught players the above, you want them to be able to answer correctly about their strengths, opportunities, things they control, most common mistake, and their ability to move on from them.