Every month US Lacrosse sends out monthly newsletters to
parents, program administrators, officials and coaches. And every
month I add a Positive Coaching Alliance and Coaching Tip for all
the coaches out there.
Here is where I'll keep the extended version of those tips as well
as other topics that come about related to coaching.
Feel free to share this resource with all of your coaching
colleagues and suggest in the comment box below with other topics
for me to cover.
PCA – Magic Ratio of Praise and
Last month the PCA tip dealt with positive reinforcement and
talking to players more about what you do want as opposed to what
you don’t. Keeping that theme in mind, this
month’s PCA tip talks about the ratio of praise to criticism.
A key Double-Goal Coach® principle is Filling Emotional
Tanks. A person's Emotional Tank is like the gas tank of a car.
When it's empty, we go nowhere. When it's full, we can go almost
anywhere. The best fuel for our Emotional Tank is a "Magic Ratio"
of 5:1 - five truthful, specific pieces of praise for every one
piece of specific, constructive criticism.
It's a "Magic Ratio" because a team with full Emotional Tanks can
achieve magical moments. Coaches should fill their players' tanks
and help players' parents and teammates to do the same.
Coaching Tip - Off-Season Work for Players
The season is over, your end-of-season player meetings are
completed and you’re now figuring out what to do to prepare
your athletes for next season. For many coaches and players, this
means summer tournaments and playing in an “exotic”
location hours away from home each weekend. Players will play 3-4
games per day for two days in the summer heat with the hopes of
being seen by college coaches, developing their skills by playing
on elite teams, and becoming better players thru more competitions.
On June 17-21, US Lacrosse’s CEP staff will be attending a
conference at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,
Colo., with coaching education staff from virtually all of the
National Governing Bodies. One of the goals of this meeting is to
develop an American Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model that
promotes positive growth in the skills and athletic ability of
athletes and apply it sport specifically. LTAD divides the stages
of development based on their biological age and the developmental
issues surrounding it. For most coach members of US Lacrosse, the
athletes you work with fall into the Train-to-Train stage.
Train-to-Train is focused on developing female athletes from 11-15
yrs. of age and male athletes 12-16 years old and is really where
an athletes future is made or broken.
So, what does the LTAD model suggest for Train-to-Train?
• Flexibility training to accommodate rapid
growth of bones, tendons and muscles. Think Yoga or Pilates!
• Mental training to help athletes cope with
the challenges of winning and losing.
• Aerobic and strength training based on the
maturity level of the athlete.
• 60:40 training to competition ratio. More
time with skill development than competitive play.
• Actively participate in two sports.
One of the biggest reasons many athletes plateau at their later
experiences in sport is because of too much competition and not
enough training during this critical time. Summer competition is
awesome for athletes to develop, just remember to also encourage
them to spend time at instructional camps and choose summer
programs that work on their fundamental skill development.