Following are some coaching concepts that make positive conditioning work:
- Take things that are essential for team success (conditioning) and find a way to make them important to the athletes.
- Find a way to take things that are not inherently fun and make them enjoyable.
- Stop using running as punishment (fear-based coaches should not try to use Positive Conditioning).
- Praise – what you want more of.
- Reward things that are in their control (athlete-owned behaviors) – attitude and effort.
- If you want great work habits, reward great effort.
- Save the word "great" for truly great effort.
- Use verbal praise with their name and action attached.
- Conditioning is a privilege and should be a source of individual and team pride.
- Reward your best workers instead of punishing your poor workers.
- Get the focus off themselves and their own discomfort and keep their focus on not letting their teammates down.
- Winners run.
This information was provided by Scott Rosberg, a member of the Proactive Coaching speaking team.