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How To Use The Buddy System

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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.

Watch as this youth hockey coach implements the “buddy system” to make practice as fun and encouraging as possible. He pairs the players up during practice and tells them to fill each others' emotional tanks by providing specific, truthful positive feedback that keeps athletes uplifted when they’re working hard. He also follows up with the pairs at the end of practice to recap what their buddies did well during practice. Try using the buddy system at your next practice for an increase in positive communication between teammates.

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