For the next 5 weeks Florida Fastpitch will be releasing a new acritical every week on how to motivate athletes.

The first step to keeping athletes motivated is to get input from your athletes. Make sure you communicate well with your athletes to determine if what you are telling them to do is understood. Make sure you know what they need and want from you. For example, make sure if your player needs extra help with her swing, she feels comfortable enough to ask for your help. Encourage your athletes to suggest how to improve such things as practices, travel, and warm-ups. Remember, if you are asking for input, at least be willing to incorporate something (a suggestion) at some point. When athletes see that you trust them and you are there to help them succeed, they will most likely be willing to give you more effort in the end.