It doesn’t seem to matter how much your athletes love their sport, training over the summer still feels like a hassle to them. Trying to motivate athletes to train over the summer often feels like trying to make a toddler eat vegetables. You know it will be good for them, but it takes some work to convince them.
What you need are the right motivational tools. You have to be creative in developing motivational tricks to inspire athletes to give their best during the summer.
Here are our Top 7 Motivational Summer Training Tips to re-energize your lethargic training plan:
- Develop a training plan for your team and post it ahead of the training period, but don’t give out all the details. You want to give your athletes a taste of what’s to come but not too much so they’ll have something to look forward to. For example, you can indicate that Tuesdays is dedicated to “track work” but leave out the details so they’ll never know that you are planning wind sprints or hill sprints to develop speed. Remember to give hints in your training to any fun or different training exercises you’ll be throwing in!
- Organize mini competitions among your team and use end-of-day rewards. Mini competitions can get the competitive juices flowing and is a great motivator for athletes to give their best. You can develop end-of-day contests and then award gifts like Sports Roses to the best performers. Even a small award can be an effective motivator when bragging rights are at stake.
- Invite a professional athlete to provide inspiration. This is a proven way to motivate athletes to train. If you know athletes residing near your area or a famous Alma-Mater, invite them over for a quick talk and a short workout. You can also give a bouquet of Sports Roses to your visitor afterwards as a token of appreciation.
- Treat your team. All work and no play can lead to boredom in a hurry. Even dinner invitations or barbeques at a local hang-out can do wonders for your team’s morale. Summer training isn’t just about reps; it’s about building unity.
- Organize mini meets or friendlies with schools from across town. Once you’ve built-up a certain level of fitness and skill from the training, it is always nice to test out how far your team has progressed by scheduling meets or “friendlies” with other teams.
- Declare a BEST PERFORMER at the end of the training season. Always find time to honor the best performer in your team. Don’t let all that hardwork go to waste by not taking the time to recognize him or her first. Trophies and Sports Roses bouquets are inspiring rewards for athletes who gave 100% during the training period.
- Make sure you organize an award program that recognizes the best athletes, even if it is just a simple event. Put a little fanfare into your award program. Invite parents over or do it at a local venue where people can watch. Making it a bigger deal will give it some legitimacy and will inspire athletes to work harder.
Which of these tips will you implement first this summer training season?
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