Here is a simple concept to apply to your daily coaching:
Things that get rewarded get done!
This idea is not new, and it certainly is not exclusive to coaching - just ask any parent! It seems though, that this concept it is not used as much as it should. When applied in the context of an athletic team and coaching environment - if you want to reward those divers who are motivated, give them more attention!
How many times have you spent more time than you wish dealing with the divers who dawdle in the shower, spend more time talking than diving, or procrastinate when it comes time to work on new or more difficult dives. Probably more time than you think. The problem is that these divers are earning more attention than they deserve.
The result is that the divers who come to practice motivated, follow directions, and are model students, get less attention that those who misbehave.
Any coach or teacher must walk a fine line. You can’t let the less motivated divers draw all the attention, but you have to correct negative behavior. It is not an exact science, but be aware of your coaching tact just as you would like your divers to be aware of their behavior.
Just remember, positive attention is rewarded by positive results. Don’t neglect the divers who are making all the right moves.
Reward positive behavior!