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Jack Perconte

Youth Sports Coach Tips - Easing the Pressure

When things do not go your way.

All teams encounter difficult times. Inevitably, there will be times when their results do not meet your and others’ expectations. Sports can be very humbling. At times, everyone feels bad and helpless, not knowing what to do. Keeping things in perspective is essential when dealing with a lack of success. You need to understand bad times come and go and when players struggle on the playing field, it is no time to panic. Keeping an upbeat attitude in front of your team is critical. When kids who are struggling on the field realize their coaches are not “panicking,” it helps them overcome the tough times. You must help your team look at adversity as a challenge to work harder and to conquer the present obstacle. Portraying that attitude to the kids and parents is key.

  1. Tell the team you will do better to prepare them in the future.
  2. Explain it’s natural to be upset, but they have only lost if they fail to do something about it.
  3. Up your enthusiasm at the lowest times.
  4. Use humor to ease the pain.
  5. Do something different at the beginning of next practice.
  6. Tell a story about times you or a famous athlete had to be resilient.