Positive Coaching Alliance: Why it’s important for all youth coaches to keep practice fun

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Positive Coaching Alliance: Why it’s important for all youth coaches to keep practice fun

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching EducationParent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

In this video, Brad Frost, the four time NCAA national championship head coach of University of Minnesota’s women’s ice hockey team, discusses the significance of youth coaches keeping practice fun for their players. Frost explains how if younger children are not enjoying practice and having fun while they are there, they will not be motivated to show up to practice and work hard.

Implementing competitive challenges and drills as games is a great way to keep young children engaged, while also developing their skills. Due to how many more practices children participate in than games they play, it can be beneficial for both the coach and their players to keep the practice routines fresh with games and challenges. 

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