To promote the sport of lacrosse in the town of Somers, Connecticut, to advance the interest in lacrosse and to encourage sportsmanlike behavior.

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Receivable Feedback With Kid-Friendly Criticism

Criticism and correction are important to learning, but they often drain people's tanks, which decreases their capacity to learn. Kid-Friendly Criticismprovides players with useable information that empowers them to improve while minimizing tank draining. Here are some practical ways to give players Kid-Friendly Criticism:

  • Avoid non-teachable moments

Discipline yourself after a tough loss or a painful mistake. Wait until the emotion has dissipated before giving feedback.

  • Criticize in private

Anyone can be embarrassed by public criticism, so wait until you can give a player feedback in private. Praise in public; criticize in private.

  • Ask permission

Asking permission makes criticism easier to hear and apply. "Lindsey, I noticed something that might improve your ability to field ground balls. Are you open to hearing it?"

  • Use If-Then statements

"IF you bend your knees more, THEN it will be easier to get your glove on the ground so you can field the ground ball."



adapted from The Power of Double-Goal Coaching by Jim Thompson