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As a coach you want your athletes to be motivated to play but more importantly motivated to win A player may have the best ability and skill that you look for in an athlete but if they are not motivated to play than they are worthless to you as a coach That when a coach needs to become a psychologists and figure out a way to get that athlete ready to play There are many ways to motivate athletes and their team One way is to use reinforcement both positive and negative An individual may respond to you yelling at them while the other may not The other athlete may need a pat on the shoulder or words of encouragement to get ready to play Goal setting may get a team or individual motivated to win or succeed in their sport As a coach make sure the goals are achievable because if they are not and the team fails they will feel as if they let you as a coach down but more importantly they feel they let them selves down They may never recover from that defeat and the season may be washed away Rituals are also good to get to get you players motivated I can remember when are high school coach had us eat a team meal together before each game We would always eat either sandwiches or pasta The food never really mattered but it was the bonds that the team formed right before the game We would talk about what needs to be done in order to win we also supported each other and pumped each other up if we had a bad day at school It was a time to get all the nervous energy out and all the adrenaline flowing through out your body A critical moment in a teams season is the moment that they are ready to step out onto the field and play As
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