Kids In Teams

Planning and Preparation

Inspire - pre-game talk

Steve Jenkins - Saturday, June 13, 2015

The pre-game talk with each child is a vital part of the kids-in-teams toolkit

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The Personal Touch - 10 tips for your Team Members.

Steve Jenkins - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As coaches, managers etc. we teach a group of people for a very short period of time each week. It is easy to overlook the fact that they are all unique individuals. The benefit from one on one communication with each of them, delivered in the learning style that they are most comfortable with can really help them and give them the self-belief they need. Over the years - and its taken a few - I have come to appreciate this. My own technique is to talk to each of the people in the team before the game. This is done while they are warming up - calling them out one by one. Less than a minute each its enough time to create that personal touch. I have witnessed that this means something to each of them. Here are the key points I get across. read more

Equal Time - Give the Children Balance

Steve Jenkins - Sunday, November 02, 2014

Coaches who are “kids in teams” coaches are those who give equal playing time to all of the children in the team. Coaches who are not “kids in teams” coaches are those who pay lip service to the idea. If the game is in the balance the same children are on the bench every time. The coach makes a promise to make it up in the next game but doesn't honour the promise if the next game is a close one. This approach can have a major effect on the child's self esteem. They are not stupid, they know who the best players are. It’s very hard to do this but it takes practice. You have to be disciplined and put the needs of the children first. If you put the win as the priority you will turn some children away from team sport forever. Its natural, we all want to win. If you find this hard then talk to people you look up, people who put their own feelings last. Find out where they get the strength and inspiration to do this read more

Kids In Teams - Aims and Objectives

Steve Jenkins - Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Kids In Teams - Goal Setting. read more

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