by Richard K. Stratton Phd.
*stress teamwork emphasizing the contributions of all members of the team;
*encourage positive verbal feedback among team members;
*watch out for skilled athletes who constantly criticize or make fun of their less skilled teammates;
*use individual skill stations, if possible, to lessen peer pressure;
*emphasize skill learning as your overall goal for the team ;
*use small group drills with one skilled and two less skilled in each group;
*make sure the parents of all your players understand what you are trying to accomplish with your team;
*avoid using the term substitute;
*name your groups something like Blue Team, Red Team, Green Team;
*don't overlook your skilled athletes in your attempts to help the less skilled;
*provide challenging practice situations for all your athletes;
*mix up your starting line-ups;
*this will encourage the less skilled athletes to work hard and also
*encourage the better athletes to help their teammates improve..
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