Coaching the 10%er: How to Deal With Problem Athletes on Your Team

Children's Fitness, Judo

There is a rather common saying in business that "10% of your customers will make 90% of your problems." This is especially true for a teacher or sports coach. There isn't much that separates the best teams from the worst, especially for youth sports coaches. You don't recruit your players, after all - it's usually random. Therefore, what can separate a consistently winning program from a consistently losing program lies in the details.


Getting the most out of every athlete is vital. Dealing with your 10% athlete is a challenge, but a worthwhile one. Let's look at specific types of 10%er, and their common problems:


The Goonie - This is the athlete that, for whatever reason, just doesn't fit in with the other players socially. It could be he is shy. It could be he is different in some way. Whatever the reason, this player doesn't seem to "gel" on the team.


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