I came across the below article from Positive Coaching Alliance. I know many of you are probably involved with PCA … or at least have heard of it to some degree. If not, do check them out.
This is fairly common sense, however, I wish I had come across these ideas and methods when I first started coaching! Definitely great methods to diffuse those little ‘battles’ with some players who can’t seem to help but disrupt practice.
There are 3 principles. I would have attempted #2 personally. After reading the entire article, what do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Disruptive Kids: Some of your players have short attention spans and frequently disrupt team conversations and drills. Most players pay attention and do what you ask but seem as frustrated as you. As a Double-Goal Coach®, what can you do?
Every coach at every level has players who misbehave, goof off, or lack focus during practice. Here are three basic principles for shaping the behavior of your players.
2.) Ignore undesired behavior. Vic didn’t come when you called, so ignore him. Until he does what you want, Vic doesn’t exist. When Vic realizes he can’t get your attention by misbehaving, he’ll likely try to get it by complying. When he does, reward him: “Vic, thanks for doing what I asked!” This tends to work like magic, but not always, so read on.
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