I coach a 10u rec team. It's fall ball and it just started so most of these girls don't know each other, which is a factor. Beyond some team bonding exercises, any thoughts on how to increase communication and general (constructive) chatter on the field?
I'm pretty vocal and I'll "quiz" the girls througout each inning... (i.e. Sally, how many outs are there?... Jennifer, if this ball gets hit to you, where are you going with it?). I think it keeps them on their toes and paying attention but I suppose I should change it to "Sally, how many outs are there? Good call it out" and "Jennifer, where are you going with this ball? 2nd? Good, let the second baseman know."
Any thoughts/games/strategy on how you get your team to talk more? Not necessarily limited to the examples above. Even general support for each other like "nice play!" or telling the pitcher "you got this!". That stuff is coming from me or in the stands but I'm looking for some ways to encourage the girls to do it.
It's kind of a silly question but I'd like to hear your approach. Nothing makes me happier than hearing a chatty infield.