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How To Deliver Halftime Feedback

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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.

Half-time team huddles are an important time for coaches to connect with their players and motivate them for the rest of the game. This youth lacrosse coach provides guidelines and feedback to his players, while also asking them what they think about the game so far. Starting the meeting by asking these types of questions often draws out a lot of positives from the team, which energizes them about their performance. After accenting what the players are doing well, he follows up with something they can improve on during the second half. As this coach emphasizes, he uses the 5-1 ratio of positive feedback to give constructive correction because he notices how well the correction is received once the truthful, specific praise is imparted.

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