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The Importance Of A Closing 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.

This video shows a coach using a closing ritual to end practice. This lets players reflect on what they accomplished during practice. It’s a good time to go over traditional and non-traditional statistics and other achievements and to recognize and appreciate the athletes' efforts. The closing circle is also a good time to wrap up any administrative needs, such as what uniform to wear for the next game and where to meet for team dinner. Finally, the closing ritual, including a cheer, ends practice on a positive note.

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