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How can you motivate girls from the age of 17?

Sometimes it's hard for me to motivate everyone during a practige or game. Some girls are saying 'i don't like this practice' and they are not motivating the team. And sometimes the girls think that they now it better than me, how can you handle that?

This attitude is normal at this age... here are some things I have used for players at this age...

1.Tell players directly the areas they need to improve on and get them to come up with their own routines, or ask them what they want to do...be ready to suggest your own routines, and ask them if they are OK trying it...Its important to stay in charge... and this doesn't mean they only do your training routines...

2. Try introducing something new... e.g. I introduced a scorecard showing errors per player, i.e. showed how many errors and which type of errors players are making, and then give direct coaching to each player based on their errors

I have found at this age that there are sub teams e.g. in one of my teams I had 3 smaller groups and only a few players were the ring leaders. If this is the case on your team, then take the ring leaders to one side, one player at a time, and tell them directly the impact their behaviour is having on the team and the effectiveness of a coaching session. Give them a responsibility, manage them to deliver that responsibility and if the do a good job, then please tell them. 

Allow yourself a few weeks to turn this around...

I had to 'break my team' dynamics and then build the team again - I saw a big improvement in attitude and performance...

Good luck!

 

take an autocratic leadership also make the sessions fun but game related

I find smaller groups and game situations help a lot as this promotes maximal involvement and progression. 

Also allowing group members to take leads in activities or getting individual feedback help the participants invest in your sessions more, whilst showing them that you care about their experience.

I also try and have a social warm that gives the girls a chance to chat and engage in the activity, this helps get the procrastination out of their system and engage in the session fully.

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