The following was taken from AYSO's Hey Coach! Newsletter on the Now What? section.
“We’re now a month into the season, and my team is 0-4. I want to make sure they keep having fun and don’t focus on the final score, but I have noticed long faces and poor body language. Now What?”
Answer: This is an opportunity to employ Positive Coaching and shape the culture and perspective of younger athletes. Remain positive, and continue to encourage your team; make sure you point out how players are improving. Establish goals and objectives that gauge team improvement. Make it clear that losing a game does not equate to failure, and that there are many positives and learning opportunities that can be taken from a loss. We need to provide the perspective that winning isn’t everything, and that it’s important to learn how to face adversity. Players will take the lead from their coach and parents, so if those individuals aren’t making a big deal about the outcome of a game, odds are the kids won’t either! Let the players know that all you ask of them is to try their best, and continue to try again the next time.