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How To Keep Players Focused: The Zone of Commitment

One of the qualities that superior athletes have is commitment. However, one challenge that coaches sometimes face is getting that same level of commitment from all of their players – particularly at practices. This is where a zone of commitment can help you.

  • Establish a boundary for your zone on your practice field. It can be actual lines like the field lines or just an imaginary, understood area.
  • At the beginning of the season, bring all your players outside of this area. Show them where it begins, and explain to them that it is the “commitment zone” and by passing into the boundary line, they are promising to be fully committed to the team (practice, etc).
  • In the event that a player breaks the rule, he should be made to leave the zone.
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