Frame communications and use language to encourage trust and appropriate risk taking
The coach intentionally frames communication around positive reinforcement, reassurance, and future orientation. The words used in practices and games should elicit a positive response leading to growth and improved effort. The coach develops, rehearses, and regularly uses cue words that signal leaving mistakes behind, evoke positive performance images, and signal specific tactical maneuvers or adjustments. Coaches identify opportunities to reward athletes for good or improved performance, attitude, or effort. This positive communication helps create a mastery-based climate conducive to effort and risk taking without fear of failure.