- Meet as a team indoors for classroom instruction. Being indoors means classroom time can't be rained out, unlike if you were simply to meet as a team outside the field before practice. You can reserve a meeting room at your local library. Or meet at someone's house. Or maybe even meet a fast-food restaurant where kids can also order some fries, ice cream or other cheap food item to eat during the meeting...could be more distracting but also could be more fun
- If you can't find an indoor location for your team to meet, have a Zoom meeting. Zoom meetings have the benefit of making it easier on parents, so the kids don't need to be chauffeured again. And everyone is familiar with using Zoom thanks to the pandemic
- Assistant coaches and parent helpers should be required to attend also, so everyone can be on the same page about what you're teaching (i.e., have fewer "telephone" game issues with assistants not understanding what you're trying to do)
- The meeting should be about 10-20 minutes tops, just enough time for you to teach one or two topics. And at just 10-20 minutes, most parents shouldn't be rioting in the streets about their player doing this, especially if it's over Zoom
- The meetings should be weekly (once per week at the youth level; could do once or twice per week at the high school level)
- Make the meetings required. Emphasize its importance to the kids. Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin tells his players they cannot participate in the on-field practice if they did not attend the classroom instruction. I'm not saying you need to copy that rule; I'm just showing you how important Vanderbilt stresses these classroom meetings
- Encourage (or require, if you're a travel team) kids to have a binder where they take notes and keep any handouts you might give (if doing Zoom, you'd give the handouts at practice)
- Make theses meetings interactive: be sure to ask kids if they have questions
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