Why You Should Let Players Speak First AND Last

coaches players Aug 07, 2023

Player first, player last.

When you stop training or talk at half-time during games, encourage players to go first and last.

You need to know what they are feeling and what they know and don't know! Then you are better informed to give them your advice. 

After they've given feedback and you've offered advice or help, allow them to finish by telling you what they are going to do to achieve success (that doesn't mean winning), whether in a training exercise or a game. 

  • Player(s) share thoughts, ideas and understanding first
  • You listen with genuine interest
  • You then ask questions to seek understanding and clarity
  • Player(s) go last by saying what they understood and what they are now going to do

This is the player first, player last process.


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