What is the best way to get the point across that the way the team played is un-acceptable?
I coach a team of 16U (13-16 years old) girls that are probably the best team I've ever been around. These girls love the game, cause no drama, and are good athletes. We play mostly 18U tournaments, and they were starting to compete even against the older teams. In 2 games prior to this weekend, they scored 21 runs, and allowed 8.
Then, on Sunday, we played in a 1 day tournament (3 games), and these girls looked like they never played ball before. Error after error (at least 17 for the day, and they couldn't hit the ball (scored 4 runs the entire day). In the last game, they layed down against the other team. It was obvious.
I know girls have to be treated differently than boys, as in - the harder you ride boys, the better they play.
So what's the best way to deal with this? I didn't blow my top during the games - they know what they did wrong, and screaming just makes the whole team look bad. But, practice is another story.
I've also got parents that have told me to start coming down hard on their daughters.
So, it's no more Mr. Nice Guy -