- Be prepared for every practice and every game, especially the first one
- Get to practice at least 15 minutes early to allow time for set-up; get to games 30 minutes early
- Incorporate fun activities into every practice by limiting the number of “drills” and/or adding fun and creative elements to each drill.
- Pray on practice/game days
- Write down specific goals
- Develop a plan for how you can help each player succeed (players are there for different reasons and looking for different levels of achievement)
- Compliment & encourage everyone – your players, opposing players, parents, spectators, concession stand workers, etc.
- Make building relationships a priority with the players and parents; spend time with your team outside of practices/games (meet at McDonald’s after practice/game, invite everyone over to your house for a pizza party, etc.)
- Participate in all activities you ask your team to participate in: volunteer opportunities, picture days, events, services, etc.