… as a coach, I strive to have a lighthearted training environment that is serious when needed.
Time for bars? The athlete should think hard about their turn right before they go, as they execute skills, and concentrate to the best of their abilities. Between turns, it’s okay to have a laugh at the chalk bucket, especially if their next turn isn’t coming for a little while.
I also continually stress to my kids quality over quantity — the deal is, we do fewer routines and less conditioning if what they do is executed well. If not, we continue to stay on those skills or continue conditioning until it is done properly.
Not only does this kind of mindset build respect in the athlete-coach relationship, but it also gives the kids some empowerment …