For coaches

Howard At Play

June 11, 2000|By SUN STAFF

Sometimes how you say something makes a difference in getting across a corrective measure. Practice wrapping your correction, given in a positive way, with two compliments.

* Open with something like, `Beth, you're really trying hard to catch the ball, and I'm proud of your effort.`

* Say and show, if possible, your correction:

`Here's a way to catch evenmore balls -- if the ball is above your chest, point the fingers of you glove upto the sky; if it's low, point the fingers down.`

* Have the player try the action a couple times. Then finish off the sandwich with, `That's working nicely, Beth. See? With that change, you're going to beable to catch even more.`

SOURCE: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, coaching classes.

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