PCA Coaching Article
Volume 7, No. 1 - January 2012
Use a Winner's Circle to Keep Players' Attention in the Dugout
One of the best tools in the Positive Coaching Alliance toolbox is the Winner’s Circle. That’s the time after the game – win or lose on the scoreboard – that coaches and players gather to share the truthful, specific praise that fills players’ Emotional Tanks.
In a Winner’s Circle, each player must offer praise to one other player. And, because you want each player to be praised, that means each player should be prepared to comment on every teammate.
You can use that fact to remind your players to stay focused on the game even when they are in the dugout. “Remember, you need to watch very closely so that we’re all ready for a great Winner’s Circle after the game.”
That may result in praises such as: “Billy, I noticed you didn’t swing through any take signs today.” When your players are paying close enough attention to notice a detail like that, their teammates are more likely to have their Emotional Tanks filled. Plus, you begin to develop true students of the game, and the whole team begins to be a little more focused on subtleties such as taking pitches that can also end up making a difference on the scoreboard.
For more ideas on getting the most out of your players while teaching life lessons, take the Little League Double-Goal Coach® Course at http://shopping.positivecoach.org/Little-League-DGC, and for a video that explains Double-Goal Coaching in more detail, visit http://www.littleleague.org/pca