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April 2014

April 2014


Recognition and Competition: Motivating Players in the Off-Season

by: Jason Winkle, Ph.D.
Player and Team Development Specialist
© April 2014

There is no magic formula for motivating players and yet it is considered a crucial part of any teamís success. Athletes are unique in their psychological needs for external motivation and even those needs change as each athlete matures.  To complicate matters further, each year a teamís motivational needs change based on previous successes and a host of other variables. The following three successful coaches shared how they, through trial and error, found the sweet spot in motivating their athletes during the off-season. While the motivational techniques were unique to each coach, the similarities were striking. Individual recognition and use of competition were at the source of each coachís approach.

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