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6. Give Positive Feedback When It's Called For

07/30/2013 5:04 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Give Positive Feedback When It's Called For

Sure, football coaches yell, and they aren't always subtle or sparing when they are displeased with a particular action. Like the teachers that they are, however, coaches also know the value of positive reinforcement, and that is particularly true for the younger players. Rookies like first-year cornerback Branden Smith are in a stressful situation, trying to learn a new playbook, satisfy the demands of their coaches and prove that they belong on the regular-season roster. When they make a good play or show the proper technique, tutors like Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach Tony Oden make sure to let them know they have succeeded, hoping for the same result in the next rep.

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