October 4, 2002, Newsletter Issue #78: PATIENCE AND PRAISE

Tip of the Week

A good method of communicating to players when they exhibit negative behavior is to praise/scold/re-instruct. Tell a player how good they can be, then admonish them for a poor play, but then follow that with instruction on how they should perform or how to do it better. Players don`t play well when they are "looking over their shoulder," waiting to be taken out of the game or yelled at for a mistake.
Exhibit confidence in a player and they will try to please you. Show patience for their mistakes( but re-instruct!) and they will try to correct them. Continue to teach, and you will improve right up until your final game. Remember, the player you may be ready to give up on today, may be the player you need to help you win a big game at the end of the year

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