Standing in front of your team, you make a promise to your players. You swear to offer something that videogames and a river of texts from their friends can’t give them – athletic skills and a showcase for their talents and a team-based work ethic. You make this promise despite knowing most young people will succumb to the adrenaline rush of online gaming and the comfort of their couches.
You can successfully compete for attention spans of your players, but motivation is key. Without it, you lose before you begin. Part of your motivation strategy is to tear them away from other pursuits and inspire them to a consistent energy and enthusiasm in practices and games. Without that, you don’t have a team, you have a grouping.
Luckily, you have the advantage of seeing their collective potential. Here are four easy ways to motivate your players into becoming a team.