A Tip to Keeping Youth Sports Fun

By RonUsher | Uncategorized

Oct 13

My Frosh-Soph high school water polo team has been having a hard couple of weeks…

First, they got beat pretty badly over the weekend at a tournament.

Then they had a few bad days of practice. Actually, some good…but a lot of ugly.

Then on Wednesday, a close game where they lost by one point…and a blow out game on Thursday. Needless to say, they are looking a little down.

So what am I doing to keep them motivated and working as a team?

I figure a pizza party after practice on Friday. I gave them an assignment that they had to do (rating themselves and the team on various skills). If they all did it, pizza for the team.

The assignment had a three fold purpose:

  • Get them thinking about sports outside of just the practice.
  • Work together as a team to accomplish something.
  • Give them a chance to celebrate and bond together.

Well, they all got together and made sure they did the assignment. So it’s pizza party on Friday.

Working together as a team takes a lot of discipline, dedication and desire. That can stress anyone out…especially kids.

By taking a break, backing off, and just letting them be kids they can come back refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to work.

What can you do to help your team or your child renew their love for the team?

Do you agree? Do you have any other ideas for youth sports teams? Let me know by leaving a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Coach Ron Usher teaches parents, coaches and kids how to be an athlete. Kids should be athletes for their entire life…whatever their skill level or sport.

To learn how you can help your team or child be an athlete and have fun, go to: http://www.athleticskillsforsoccer.com

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