Step 1 - The Principles of a CATZCoach
How do you create an environment on your team that will motivate your players to train hard and prepare for your season? You cannot motivate athletes to love working out and practicing. However, you can create a climate that allows your players to feel safe and included. If they feel safe and included, motivation will follow.
When we talk about being SAFE, we are not discussing safety from danger or physical harm. We are talking about emotional safety. To feel safe on the field, the athletes needs to feel safe from being berated or humiliated in front of their peers. They need to feel comfortable making mistakes because mistakes are one of the best ways to learn.
Once an athlete feels emotionally safe in their environment, they will develop a sense of BELONGING. They will feel that your team is a place where they can feel good about themselves. Your team will be “their” place, a place they can be themselves. So, how do you do it?