Positive Charting: Resource for Coaches
Coaches have a major impact in the young athletes' lives that they coach, there's no question about that. Coaches often look to do anything necessary to get the utmost out of their athletes' potential and bloom them into the best possible athlete they can be. Coaches rely a lot on criticism of their athletes' performance in practices and games to not only help the athlete with what they need to be better at, but to also make sure that athlete doesn't make the same mistake in the future. With that being said, coaches tend to focus in on the weaknesses that the athletes have and critique them on that matter, as opposed to actually reinforcing the positive things that athletes do best. While both types of feedback are important to an athletes' overall growth, positive reinforcement from the coaching staff helps athletes' to maintain their great effort, as well as keeps them pushing for daily improvement. This in turn can lead to athletes' be more accepting of constructive criticism and coaches pointing out their flaws and how to correct them.
A great tool to use to track what players' are doing a good job of is the Positive Coaching Alliances' "Positive Chart." With this resource, coaches can keep a tab on what each individual athlete on their team does particularly well, and from there, provide positive feedback to the athlete. This can also help coaches keep track of how well athletes are progressing throughout the season. By utilizing this tool, coaches can also run a much more upbeat and productive practice session, as opposed to them looking for flaws left and right within their athletes'.
As we continue to build our resources library for coaches, a great place to find more information, resources, and articles on coaching is the Positive Coaching Alliance website. Here, you can learn more about how to schedule an efficient practice, tips for 1st time coaches, what to look for during tryouts, etc.