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Increase Effort & Intensity At Practice

As a coach, inspiring your team to work harder can be a challenging task. However, it's crucial for the success of the team. In this blog, we'll explore some strategies that coaches can use to motivate their team and inspire them to work harder.

1. Set clear goals

The first step in inspiring your team to work harder is to set clear goals. These should be both season long goals and athletic career goals. Click here for a free goal setting guide. By setting concise goals, players will have a clear understanding of what they need to work towards and will be more motivated to put in the effort to achieve them. It also equips coaches with an accountability tool to use when work energy is low.

2. Lead by example

As a coach, you should lead by example and demonstrate a strong work ethic. This could involve putting in extra hours to improve your coaching skills, arriving early to practice, or staying late to provide extra help to players who need it. I like to highlight new concepts we’re implementing to players and share with them where we got it. So much of coaching is behind the scenes and can be difficult for players to notice. It’s the coaches job to bring their ambitious hustle to the forefront. By leading by example, you'll inspire your players to follow suit and work harder.

3. Provide positive reinforcement

Players respond well to positive reinforcement. As a coach, you should provide regular feedback to your players and praise them for their hard work and progress. This could involve acknowledging players who put in extra effort during training or games, or congratulating players who achieve their goals. You can have a weekly “hard work” award that coaches and players vote on. I used to have an actual hard hat, and would give this to the “grinder of the week.” They would wear this hat with pride to the weight room and sometimes around school. By providing positive reinforcement, players will be more motivated to continue working hard.

4. Create a culture of accountability

Creating a culture of accountability is essential for inspiring your team to work harder. This could involve setting team expectations, and holding players accountable for their actions. I also create team Mandatory Operations goal boards. This serves as a checklist of execution for what individuals and the team performed that week. Click here for a “Mandatory Operations” guide. By establishing a culture of accountability, players will be more motivated to work harder to avoid letting down their teammates.

5. Communicate effectively

Communication is key in inspiring your team to work harder. As a coach, you should communicate effectively with your players and provide regular updates on team goals, progress, and expectations. You should also listen to your players' feedback and concerns and address them in a timely manner. By communicating effectively, you'll create a sense of transparency and trust with your players, which will inspire them to work harder.

In conclusion, inspiring your team to work harder requires a combination of clear goals, leading by example, positive reinforcement, creating a culture of accountability, and effective communication. By implementing these strategies, coaches can motivate their team to put in the effort needed to achieve success both individually and as a team.

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