Tips for Practices

  1. Communicate in a very positive manner.
  2. Start off with good warm-ups.
  3. Have plenty of equipment available. Equipment should be appropriate for the ages of the players and their ability level.
  4. Be organized.
  5. Have a well-thought out practice plan ready.
  6. End practice with a quiet cool-down.
  7. Make practice fun.
  8. Keep practices short. An hour to hour and half is just about right.
  9. Start off with successful activities and add new activities as season moves on.
  10. Use the sandwich “approach”. Start with a familiar and successful activity, introduce a new activity then finish with a familiar and successful activity.
  11. Give plenty of water breaks. Never withhold water.
  12. Create activities that are progressive moving from simple to more advanced.
  13. Include all players in every activity.
  14. Define the roles of all players. Basically that all players have an equal importance.
  15. Consider safety throughout the entire practice.
  16. Inform players and parents about next practice.
  17. Inquire on transportation concerns.
  18. Ask parents to help out. Getting parents involved will help encourage players and build positive interactions.