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Give Responsible Feedback to Athletes

By, 12/03/13, 2:30PM MST


Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program

Nobody likes being criticized. But for young hockey players to truly grow and learn, they must be open to constructive criticism. 

Responsible Sport Parents and Coaches have a variety of useful tools to help deliver constructive criticism to their youth sports athletes!

  • Try to maintain a 5:1 Ratio that balances five specific, truthful praises for each constructive correction. 

Coaches, learn more about the 5:1 Ratio here >>>

Parents, learn more about the 5:1 Ratio here >>>

  • Make a Criticism Sandwich.  Similar to the 5:1 Ratio, provide specific, truthful praises with each suggestion for improvement.

Watch our lacrosse coach give a Criticism Sandwich >>>

  • Kid-friendly criticism pairs feedback with useable information.

See an example of Kid-friendly criticism >>>

  • Use If-Then statements to help your kids feel in control even while they’re being corrected.

Want to learn more about If-Then statements? >>>

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field. Join the Responsible Sports movement!

In an effort to benefit millions of youth athletes, parents and coaches, this article is among a series created exclusively for partners in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance.

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