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Jack Perconte

Say Less - DO More - Best Teaching Tips

 
Words, words, words are not enough
 
Coaches constantly tell kids what to do. The problem is that words do not always portray much to players. Many kids’ attention spans are weak, if they are listening at all. Many times, the athletes are unfamiliar with the lingo of the sport or do not understand the meaning of it. Also, words eventually go in one ear and out the other when spoken too often.
 
The ability to reinforce the words with visuals is crucial. Many ways exist to do this. Most of these are obvious because they are the methods classroom educators use, but most coaches fail to implement them. Here are some that are easy to follow up on:
 
• The most obvious is show and tell that can be done in numerous ways. Coaches can demonstrate and explain something or have players do the same. Because many people are visual learners more than audio ones, this is crucial. Having players watch video is also essential. The video can be of themselves or others and most often, should not be of what’s wrong with an action but of what is right as that puts a better picture in players’ heads.
 
• Providing handouts of information for players to take home and review is another way to teach. Any tangible things that bolster their learning is good and is also a sign of a caring coach.
 
• Another good method is putting things on walls or fences at the field. Write down or hanging pictures of the key coaching tips for the day’s session is great for making points. Having players or their parents take pictures of the posting with their cell phone makes for an easy way to give out handouts also.
 
• Of course, asking players to watch the game on TV occasionally is another visual key to learning.