Simple Tips for Communicating Better With Your Players

They say a coach’s job is never done, and while that may be true, it’s equally important to have good communication wit your players.

A coach concentrates on a game plan for his/her team to win and then transfers that knowledge to the players, who execute it. However, if a coach is not able to communicate and get across what he/she knows to the players then it is never going to work.

Coaches, players and even parents on the sideline need to be on the same page and work together to male the goal happen. A coach should strive to effectively communicate with players to have success, but sometimes that is easier said than done. Here are some tips to help improve communication between you and your players:

Players Don’t Always Know
Coaches often forget their players don’t understand the game on the same level. If you are coaching younger players that haven’t been playing long then they aren’t going to be able to understand things the same way you do.  Don’t assume they know how to execute a specific part of the game plan because it makes sense in your mind. Be thorough in explaining play, team strategy, etc. and then ask questions to make sure they also understand.

It’s OK to Ask Questions
Make players feel like it’s OK for them to ask questions when they don’t understand what is going on. Most of the time players are hesitant to ask questions because they don’t want to show that they don’t understand. As a coach you need to promote being able to ask questions.

Various Forms of Communication 
There are two ways of communicating; both need to be used effectively to get the point across to players. First there is group communication — like when you are in a huddle before a practice or holding a team meeting. Be sure to stress the importance of players paying attention during this time and making sure they understand. Let them know that being able to execute the game plan will directly affect their playing time.

Second is individual or personal communication with your players. When necessary, you should be able to sit down and talk one-on-one with a player. During this time you can give more personalized instruction and reiterate what you said to the entire team. This form of communication not only reinforces what you need them to do, but it shows the player you are taking a personal interest in them.

In the end, it’s all about communication and the sooner you can create a good rapport with your players, the better the everyone will feel and perform.