Does anyone else have a problem motivating 2nd year teams? I have coached 2 completely different teams and both times the first year was very successful and the second year the kids wanted to goof around most of the time. I've talked to a few other coaches who noticed the same problem.
Any ideas for motivating "veteran" teams?
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From: "Juliann Eberheim" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 12:50:36 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Mentoring rookie coaches
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From: David Levy <[log in to unmask]>
> I ran a few camps in the past two summers and it was truly a delight to
> see that several of my former students had found their way onto teams
> this season. I have to say though that the level of training offered in
> a week long camp is not a prerequisite for participation in the FLL.
> From what I have seen, the problems that rookie coaches face are due to
> difficulty in knowing where to start. I can't tell you how many
> parents that I've advised, had purchased a retail kit for their child
> but never bothered to install the software. Likewise there are many
> teachers who have installed the Edu Kit's. software for their school
> based club or in the classroom but never knew about the included
> tutorials. IMHO, all it takes is a few hours of an experienced
> coaches time to get the new coaches acclimated . The new coaches in
> turn have to ask more questions here on the VADCFLL-L email list.
> One thing that I did notice this season was a drop off of veteran
> teams. I'm thinking that this may be due to the difficulty in this
> year's robot game and the unwillingness for teams to register for
> tournaments - thinking that their scores were too low. How about those
> teams that stuck it out and registered for the regionals? Were you
> surprised that most teams scored lower than prior years?
> David Levy
> VA/DC FLL Education and Outreach Director
> 3rd Year Coach
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