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Body language

How we say things is as important as what we say. Thinking about how we look and act when we are coaching children is crucial for the success of our sessions.

Here are some suggestions on body language:

Do:
  • Squat down to talk to children if they are sitting
  • Adapt a relaxed posture
  • Look comfortable and confident
  • Use your face to convey messages
  • Smile to encourage good behaviour
  • Use a visual signal for players to come to you as this helps prevent you having to call them over all the time
Don't:
  • Fold your arms whilst talking to the players as this can make you seem defensive
  • Point your finger or lean into someone's space
  • Be confrontational in manner
  • Single out an individual for criticism
  • Shout all the time - players will tune you out
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