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Managing Positive Behaviour in Sport Top Tips

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At sports coach UK I've just finished revamping our Quick Guide on Managing Positive Behaviour, which is now available to sports coach UK members on the website.

I thought it might be nice to share some of our top tips for coaching sessions.  Let me know what you think and if you have any of your own ideas too.

  • Get to know your participants – use names (sticky labels can be useful if you do not know the group).
  • Get feedback from participants at the start about what they want from the session.
  • When it comes to planning your activities, make sure you differentiate them and are able to challenge a range of abilities with each activity.
  • Wherever possible, avoid queues of participants waiting to take a turn – the more you can keep people moving the better.
  • Know where you will position yourself and the group, and how you will organise small groups and space.
  • Avoid the concept of punishments.
  • Ensure 'buy-in' by agreeing ground rules and repercussions with the group.
  • Establish patterns and routines; for example, listening before the session starts, helping with equipment, starting an individual warm-up.
  • Utilise other people who could help; for example, parents, a peer group or assistant coaches.
  • Smile and use open body language to keep the atmosphere positive.

What measures do you take to ensure you create a positive coaching environment? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Next steps

sports coach UK have produced an 'Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport' eLearning module, which will equip you with the confidence and techniques to combat challenging situations. It is a vibrant mix of video, real-life scenarios, case studies, supportive feedback and opportunities for self-reflection. Find out more about the online module by visiting the sports coach UK Learning Hub.

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January 2013 I became a sports coach working throughout schools, I had previously been a coach for 5 years coaching within a club environment and was given the opportunity to coach within schools how different the 2 environments are. Not realising being within a club environment that child behaviour within a club environment was excellent athletes wanted to be there, going into a school environment and behaviour being some what different and scary.

I will say my behavioural management skills was far from perfect infact I really don't think I had any at all even after having 5 of my own children. I found myself in tears most nights coming home from work, I asked for advice and help from school which I didn't get I was on my own with 25/30 children really struggling to cope, I was on the verge of leaving my job but my determination for the love of sport and working with children this little glitch wasn't going to stop me.
I had a great friend who's mother was the head of a behaviour management school she asked me if I would like to work with her one day a week to give me a insight into child behaviour I took this opportunity to learn from both the pupils and teachers. This was a big eye opener to realise not all children wanted to participate in sport, some even believed they wasn't good at sports and some had family difficulties, I realised then that I had much work to do.

Reading books, asking other's for advice, observing teachers, keeping lessons simple, exciting, fun, manageable for both the children and myself.

Behavioural Management pocket book by Peter hook and Andy Vass a great book with ideas I use within my lessons.

I've since learned how to manage children's Behaviour.
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