Feedback during Practice - When coaching, keep track of what “pops up” that needs more work. This will keep your focus on the identified purpose for this practice and ensure that you work on arising needs in the future. During the practice make sure that your corrections are very clear and specific, including the praise. Giving more praise than criticism is a great way to maintain confidence while fixing corrections. When practice is over take the time to evaluate how you and your athletes felt it went. Ask specific questions of them, including if they feel they need more work on something from that practice, or if they have anything arising from the practice they want to work on. Finally give everyone, including yourself, something positive to take from the practice and a goal to work towards during the next practice.
Adapted by Bekcy Thera, Technical Director, Synchro Sask, July 10, 2008