Coaches’ Corner: How To Make Practice Count

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This article is part of the Coaches’ Corner series from UMass coaches Tiina Booth and Russell Wallack. See every article in the series here.

How you frame practice as a coach is just as important as what you actually do in practice. In the following weeks, Russell will give you some concrete suggestions on how to structure drills and scrimmages. My task today is to explain how you need to prepare mentally as you all drive, walk, skip, skateboard and bike to practice.

Good practices will build commitment. Loose, unfocused practices will create loose, unfocused teams. Every team can commit to a good practice regardless of skill level. The content of the practice may change, but the expectations do not.

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  1. Tiina Booth
    Tiina Booth

    Tiina Booth is the director of the National Ultimate Training Camp and a co-coach of the University of Massachusetts men. She founded the Amherst Invitational in 1992 and co-founded Junior Nationals in 1998. In 2006, she published a book about ultimate with Michael Baccarini, entitled Essential Ultimate. She has coached teams to numerous national and international titles. Her ongoing passion is sports psychology, and she offers clinics to coaches of ultimate and other sports. Tiina will be inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame at USAU Club Nationals in October of 2018.

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