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How To Use Non-Traditional Stats And Keep Everyone Involved

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Watch youth sport coaches from around the country put the principles from Play Positive and Positive Coaching Alliance to work with their athletes. This video features Kim Oden, a PCA National Advisory Board Member and Olympic Volleyball Bronze Medalist. Oden graduated from Stanford University with a degree in public policy. After graduation Kim joined the U.S. Women's National Volleyball team and captained the squad in both the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics Kim finished her Olympic career by bringing home a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics. As a coach at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, Oden won PCA’s

This In Action video features two coaching strategies that can help you manage your entire roster. The first is using injured players to take stats, so that they stay involved and still feel like they are contributing to the team. What you’ll notice in this video is that the coach makes the injured athlete feel important and helps her pay attention in practice when she might otherwise get bored on the sidelines.

The second coaching trick shown in this video is the use of non-traditional stats such as communication, perseverance and high-fives. Most statistics recognize skills, but these non-traditional stats measure effort and other contributions that are important to a team’s success.

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