Give Responsible Feedback to Athletes
Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program
Nobody likes being criticized. But for young wrestlers to truly grow and learn, they must be open to constructive criticism.
- Try to maintain a 5:1 Ratio that balances five specific, truthful praises for each constructive correction.
- Make a Criticism Sandwich. Similar to the 5:1 Ratio, provide specific, truthful praises with each suggestion for improvement.
- Kid-friendly criticism pairs feedback with useable information.
- Use If-Then statements to help your kids feel in control even while they’re being corrected.
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!
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