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How To Involve The Bench

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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.

Not every athlete will be competing at all times. Depending on the age of the players on the team, playing time may be very lopsided based on an athlete's skill. It’s up to the coach to make sure that everyone is still engaged. Watch this youth lacrosse coach manage his bench during a game, with special emphasis on keeping athletes focused. He uses a few tactics to keep players on the sidelines involved, like asking them to take stats and hand out water bottles. He also encourages everyone on the bench to give general support by cheering for teammates. If a coach can successfully keep players on the sidelines engaged with the play, they will learn more and have more fun during games.

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