An effective coach doesn’t motivate his players, he gets his players to motivate themselves. Inspirational ‘rah-rah’ speeches can motivate the team for a brief moment, but what a team needs is players who are internally motivated. To get there takes time and a variety of techniques based on the temperament of each player. Coaching a successful team boils down to leadership. A big part of leadership is to ‘know your players.’ And while every player on the team wears the same colors and logo, the same can’t be said with regard to their learning modality and personality style.
An effective coach doesn’t motivate his players, he gets his players to motivate themselves.
While each player is different, praise can be your biggest tool in developing self motivation within your team. Praise should be public and heard often, especially for new and weaker players. Some players need confidence to stick it out or even complete a drill, initially. Early on, find the most insignificant things to praise your players about. Every player is different. Each personality inside of that helmet processes coaching differently, but the sure fire way to succeed with everyone is to start off with praise.
Each personality inside of that helmet processes coaching differently, but the sure fire way to succeed with everyone is to start off with praise.
Praise needs to be immediate, specific and loud enough so the player and his PEERS hear it. Abundant praise should be loud but most importantly earned. The more praise is earned, the more your players will fight to hear it.
A great way to establish a positive environment is to catch your players doing something right and use a key phrase to let everyone know your approval. University of Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini and his staff use the phrase, “I see you.” For example, “I see you ‘_______.’ (players name)” If they see a player doing something right they yell it out loudly; “I see you Trent Jones, nice footwork.” “I see you Darien Sanders, great hustle.”
Praising positive practice and outcomes can be easy as compared to negative outcomes and tough situations. Heres a few ideas on how to correct errors in a positive way: