Coaches’ Corner: The Dos and Don’ts Of Huddles

There are different kinds of huddles -- know how to use each one.

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

Coaches and captains talk too much. I have no way to quantify this, but I know it in my old coaching bones. One of the most common places to hold forth is in the huddle. When a team leader is monopolizing the air waves, players can often feel like they are trapped in an elevator with their least favorite relative. Coaches may feel unfairly maligned by this comparison and blame players who “don’t know how to focus,” but, really, you are not that interesting. I am not that interesting. Even the best coaches in the world are not that interesting unless they understand that what you say depends on what type of huddle is in front of you.

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  1. Tiina Booth
    Tiina Booth

    Tiina Booth is the founder and director of the National Ultimate Training Camp, as well as an assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts women. 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 running sports psychology seminars for coaches and players, mainly through the Global Ultimate Training School, which she founded in 2020. More info can be found at was inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame in October 2018.

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