How to Make a Good Impression on Your Coach

You don't have to be the biggest, fastest and most skilled athlete to be an asset to the team. Put your heart into every practice and give 100 percent and you'll make an impression.

Steps

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    Be on time for practice every day. It may help to write down your practice times on a piece of paper and hang the paper on the fridge using a magnet. If you always have trouble being on time, read How to Be Punctual. This will not only help you in sports but it will help you in other areas of life, such as school and later, in your career.
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    Always do the exercises the coaches tell you to do. Do it without complaining and complete the exercises. Don't be lazy when doing drills, warm-ups, and stretching. Remember that all of these things will benefit your performance, which will also benefit how your coach thinks of you.
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    Participate. Ask questions in team huddles.
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    Encourage all of your teammates, even the sophomore who's after your spot. Say things like: "Good job!" Give positive and negative feedback. When you give negative feedback, use a feedback sandwich.
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    If you do end up blowing an assignment and the coach screams at you or gets mad, look him or her right in the eye and say "Yes coach. Sorry. It won't happen again." Do not make excuses or blame the weather or your team. Look for a way that you can improve. Help your team improve so that it doesn't happen again.
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    Be able to laugh at yourself. Smile a lot and be a team player.
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    Do not say anything when your coach is talking. Save questions you need to ask your coach for the end.
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    Never give up. No matter what distractions may come along, keep on playing and score a goal for your team.

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Categories: Team Sports