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How To Use An Opening Team Ritual

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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 Double-Goal Coach® Award.

Do you have a way to indicate to your team that practice has officially started? Here you’ll see a volleyball coach open practice and prepare her team for what’s ahead. This is especially important for high school athletes, who have so much else going on in their lives outside of sports. She emphasizes that during practice the focus is on how to get better, and that everything else on their minds about school or home life should take a break. It doesn’t have to be a long speech; it just has to get athletes focused. Finally, she ends the opening to practice with a team cheer. Follow this coach’s lead to get your players ready for the start of practice.

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