Supporting Your Junior Football Players

Supporting Your Junior Football Players

Young footballers count on you for guidance and support throughout the season. Here are some useful ways to meet their needs.

  • Be specific in your praise.


  • Pause training sessions to indicate when a player is doing something well and not when they are making a mistake.


  • While making comments, use the “sandwich” method by placing a critical note between two fan comments.


  • Pile on compliments for kids who do their best and show good sportsmanship.


  • Introduce continuous positive reinforcement – it’s the key to improvement.


  • Focus on fun and safety rather than gains and losses.


  • Be passionate and enthusiastic – it passes on to your players.


  • Have reasonable expectations and set achievable goals for children.


  • Remember that children making mistakes is part of the learning process.

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