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Every team will have a problem kid or kids, sometime it’s a different kid each training session. So the best way to deal with this is to have a concrete system that you stick to each time.

Most trouble makers are acting up for the attention of the team and the coach, they usually want you to react and the team to laugh. It’s a game of who will get the attention of the group, you or him/her?

So your best form of reaction is to take the wind out of their sail, if it’s on topic (but a little stupid) agree with them and slightly correct what they said to stay on track. If it is well off track and down right stupid ignore it and keep speaking, but focus on the kids listening.

Here are some simple rules that you can follow to help you make the training session successful and less painful.

1. Set rules early - and stick to them!!!
Make some simple rules for the way the training will be run and what will happen when you are going to give further instructions or game rules.
e.g. “when I have to talk what should you guys/girls do? (be quiet) or add a signal “when I put my hand up I want everyone to be quiet and point at the people talking”

2. Remember they want your attention - give them attention when they follow your instructions and find someone to give attention to when they play up. When they play up resist the temptation to focus on their trouble making, rather look for someone doing something well and focus on them.

3. Yellow cards do work, but only if it is not something the whole team wants to do and is used as a last resort. Use a parent to take the kid away and give the trouble maker something constructive to do for example, pick up cones from an old game or restock the storage room, etc. only for a short while before the kid comes back to the team. Resist sending them on a lap around the field they will only interrupt when they come back and will probably interrupt other teams on their lap.

4. Reinforce when they do something well. Even though you might struggle with the idea of giving the kid any form of compliment because of the constant barrage of interruptions, you will get good pay out of really looking for them in the games and constantly giving the compliments when they do the right thing. Soon that’s what they become accustomed to and all they want.

5. Make sure you have all the games set up so there is little time for the kids to stand around, this is when they will start to loose attention and then it will take you twice as long to get them back. More to the point the troublesome kid will have the undivided attention of the group while you run around and set things up.

6. Speak to the parents. Finally if it is becoming a real problem speak to the parents and explain that they will need to be at the training to look after their kid if things persist. usually the idea of standing around and having to grab their kid out overtime he/she plays up will make them force their hand to bring the kid into line.

So good luck with the attention game, if you stick to a system it will become easier over time.

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Jason Grier | Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


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