Posted 05 May 2004 - 11:45 AM
Help! This is my second year coaching girls fastpitch. I am having trouble keeping 11 ten&eleven year old girls focused. I thought that after our first game of the season they would get more it to it. Instead they were less motivated at the game then at the previous practices. I do not like to yell but I feel like every practice I am having to yell louder and louder.
I have a hard time trying to explain new rules/drills to the girls because they will start talking over me. I feel like I am constantly reminding them to pay attention and to be quiet while I am talking. I have been making then run more and more lately when they are not listening but I feel like this is a negative approach.
I am normally pretty patient but I am getting very frustrated. Any suggestions?
Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:03 AM
The 11/12 year olds are a tough group to begin with. They think they know everything and are better than they really are and in addition they don't like to hear constructive criticism. I would have a problem making them run. I would also not hesitate to single people out. In other words if three girls are talking three girls run, not the whole team. Remove the ones who are distracting the team from the discussion and finish the discussion with the ones who are paying attention.
Continue with the drill and take the offenders to the side and again try to explain to them what you are trying to accomplish with the drill. Take your time and hold them out of the drill for awhile. Let them know that they are not being fair to themselves or to the team by being disrespectful and distracting the team while you are talking.
Motivating young athletes can be tough regardless of age. Each player has a different reason for playing the sport; spending time with friends, love of the sport and parental pressure can all be reasons that the child is playing the sport.
Understanding why each child is playing is a critical first step towards helping a child to have the best possible experience. You must gain their trust and respect. Remember that you are coaching young people not machines. Show interest in each child as an individual regardless of their skill level. Set some short term goals for each child that they have the ability to accomplish. Give them opportunites to succeed.
Create a positive practice environment, one that focuses on what the athlete is doing right rather than what they are doing wrong. The athlete should not be affraid to make mistakes. Help them to understand that people who don't make mistakes are people who are not trying very hard and don't care about becoming a better athlete. Let the team know that they can help motivate each other. The team should provide positive support to those players who are struggling. Each player has a responsibility to the team and should share in the short-term goals of improving attitudes and basic skills. If a player is constantly put in a situation where they can not stand out, then their motivation will be suppressed.
Posted 10 June 2004 - 09:00 PM
really positive message and if, need be, a "critique"...This is sent via e-mai to the parents, not the girls, e-mail....I make sure I highlight the team's cohesivness and the friendships being formed..but....if someone is being a distraction, it's very kindly known to all via a group e-mail...........it works, it's not an in yur face..it works.
Posted 21 March 2006 - 07:23 AM
Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:16 PM
You need to find ways to entertain them. Sounds goofy but that's the reality of it. You have to have games in their practices that are fun to do. You have to set up some sort of competition that they can get excited about.
There's nothing wrong with running them but why not make it a competition:
- put 3 balls on the pitcher's rubber and have a coach at 2B
- each player in turn has to run from home plate to the rubber, pick up one ball and throw it to 2B
- after the throw the run back to home, touch the plate and repeat the trip to the pitcher's rubber
- time the event from the moment they start running until they cross the plate after the last throw.
- record the times.
- cheering the runner is mandatory
I have done this drill (usually with 4 or 5 balls) with several different age groups. They usually have a blast and forget very quickly that it's supposed to be a punishment.
Remember that these kids need something new to be happening at least every 10 - 15 minutes or they'll get bored.
Posted 27 May 2006 - 09:19 AM
Edited by Softball Tan, 27 May 2006 - 09:19 AM.
Posted 07 August 2008 - 01:18 PM