To go along with last week’s article communication is a very important piece of keeping your players motivated. One way to do that is to keep your athletes informed as to when, where, how, and why (and WHY is most important) – people are not generally motivated to start (or finish) a task that is not clear in terms of when, where, how, or why. Take away any questions or doubts that your athletes may have by clearly and consistently communicating your expectations and intentions. Be clear as to when, where, and how . . . but most importantly, be sure your athletes know “why” they are being asked to do something. This is important because knowing why your doing something at practice helps motivate you because it reminds you that all the small things and details that athletes have to do are going to get you better down the road.