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Hi there, I have a very new U/12 team this season, and although they have made incredible progress- they haven't won a game, and are all getting very discouraged. I'm building them up at training and at games- but it's really starting to have a huge impact on their game. They need to see how amazing they can be! How do I keep my girls motivated?
Hi Narelle, have a look at the responses to "half way through season and still haven't won" post for some ideas.
as Janet has in her response to the above question, take the focus off the result and onto another achievable goal. if you kept score of these more personal goals, then the girls would see the progress. even if its a case of, last time you played this team you lost by 20 goals, and this time you lost by 5...look how much better you have become (and maybe remind them, that the other team has also probably improved too, so they have come even further than that too). maybe also give them goal like, if you achieve x, then at training we will do y as a reward (this could be some fun activity that could motivate them to push themselves harder...may train the parents or coach, or a parents vs kids game, or let them play where they want for a quarter...btw you will be surprised at the diversity in players when you do this, and because there is no pressure on them to do well, they tend to shine so much brighter and have fun...which is what sport is all about.)
hope that helps.
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