Do you want your players to trust one other?
It starts at the top.
Teams move at the speed of trust and I find that trust is missing from 90% of teams.
"I wish my players would trust me more."
"I wish my players would trust one another more, on and off the field."
Then I ask the coach, "how do you show your players that you trust them?"
1. Yell, degrade, or simply let their body language show dissatisfaction when their athletes when they take a risk and mess up
2. Only ever rely on one or two "key players" for big moments
3. They don't spend enough 1 on 1 time with "non-key players"
4. They don't look these players in the eye and tell them "I believe in you. I want you to start doing _____ on the field."
5. Do not have post-mortem talks or meetings with players after they messed up, played poorly, etc.
It is during those meetings where the athlete feels they have failed you and the team BUT you look them in the eye and assure them, "You did great. You did exactly what I wanted you to do. Success is not perfection. Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Keep GOING!"
The same "Trust Truths" apply in your family, your business, your friend circles. Trust is a learned behavior first and foremost. Show it and grow it!
Dedicated to our youth's success,
Coach Andrew and the PFP Team