Skills For Managing Player Behaviour
The attention span of most people is rather short. And it’s even shorter when it comes to children. The reason this is a concern is people start to behave inappropriately when they lose focus. So, for good reason, managing player behaviour is a major concern for junior sports coaches.
Whether you are coaching a team of 5 or 25, the struggles of gaining and keeping players’ attention can keep coaches awake at night. And in some cases, it scares potential coaches off altogether. These concerns are legitimate, but they only originate from a lack of skill and practice. This is because gaining and keeping the attention of young athletes is a skill that can be developed and mastered. With the right know-how and enough practice, you too can gain full control of your athletes’ behaviour.
We can do this by learning and practicing some effective behaviour management skills. Such skills include:
- The use of your whistle
- Controlling the environment you work within
- Creating and running routines
- Grabbing attention from distracted players
“The number one problem in the classroom is not discipline; it is lack of authentic learning tasks, procedures, and routines.”Harry Wong
Below is a button that will take you to an article by basketball coach Christopher Riches. In this article, Chris discusses each of these behaviour management skills and provides some helpful tips that will teach you how to use each of them. Once you understand how to use these skills, you’ll be able to them into practice. And as you master each skill, behavioural problems will become a thing of the past.
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