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Making a session run smoothly

Organising a group of children taking part in sport is not always easy but these handy hints should help you to make things run as smoothly as possible.

  • Minimise the number of times you 'stop' a session and only stop them when you are in a good position where everyone can see and hear you.

  • Don't stop focussed activities unless you have something important to contribute. Kids will just get frustrated and annoyed.

  • If you're making a point to the whole group then fine, but try and attend to individuals without interrupting the game or practice.

  • Be clear but not over the top. How things are said are as important as what is said.

  • Ensure everybody can see and hear any demonstration you are about to give.

  • Once you've got the group's attention you need to explain things quickly and clearly.

  • Isolate one or two points to be explained. And don't use too many words explaining them. Be clear and concise.

  • A demonstration can be worth a 1,000 words.

  • Keep the demonstration simple - and repeat it. Check everyone knows what can be achieved before they have a go.

  • Ask 'Has anyone got a question about what they are about to do?' and feedback any tips.

  • Make it easy for the kids to have some element of success, then when they're hooked it is easier to configure the 'niceties of the game.
    - D LeFevre, coach and father of two


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