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HELP Quarter time break talks

I have found I tend to repeat myself a lot when it comes to the break times. I actually had a mental block in what to say in one game at 3 quarter time & felt like a real fool. I feel I am letting the girls down. I guess my nerves kicked in.My team is a mixed bag of skills, they are 15, 16 year olds & we haven't won many games due to having to teach half the team basic skills to break bad habits. Yet I can't advance the skilful players. I do work on a positive mind etc as I find some don't have confidence in their ability. I haven't been trained as a coach, I look on sites like this one for help. I use to coach 4 years ago primary age teams & we were very successful but we grew together over the years.With the teenagers & a different school I have found it more challenging & feel I maybe out of my depth & don't want to let the girls down.Does anyone have advice for me. thanks

Hi Sheree , its not really a bad thing to repeat yourself, but as you say try and keep it positive. Always give them some things that they did well and need to keep doing, such as no footworks, or driving towards the ball. Dont give the team too much to think about during the breaks, keep your talk short and simple and maybe pick one point for defence and one point for attack and get them to focus on that particular skill or tactic. You could give them a goal to achieve in the next quarter. eg GK and GD to catch an interception rather than tip it. WA and C to get onto the edge of the circle ready to feed into the shooters. Dont overthink what you need to tell them , it might be an idea to keep a notepad with you and jot down points as you see them throughout the game , and then you have something to refer to during your team talks.....hope that helps in some way?

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