Sunday Setting Sights on Success Tip of the Day – Include the Team with Decision Making
One study revealed that one of the most powerful statements (questions) is “What is your opinion? That makes sense to me because it automatically makes the person asked feel important. Good coaches use the same approach when working with teams and individuals.
I often ask players and teams “What do you think you need to work on?” and am usually surprised to hear that they are right on target with their response.
When people are involved in the decision-making, it almost guarantees they will give a better effort, because, after all it was their idea. It allows coaches to say, “Hey, you guys wanted to do this,” which is helpful when kids begin to lose interest. When coaches receive multiple answers as to what to practice, coaches make the decision to work on the most important one first. Of course, at the youth level, a quality coaching practice is continue to work on all the baseball skills with giving homework another quality coaching procedure.