Every coach wants their players to compete hard in practice. To give 100% every day. To practice like they will in a match. Well, I have finally come across a drill in which players, a team, will actually compete harder during the drill then they ever will in a match. It’s actually not just a drill, it’s the incentive. The cell phone.
As we all know, the cell phone of today is really a new appendage of the human body. I wasn’t born with this appendage, but it has grown on to me. With kids these days, losing their cell phone is probably worse than losing their arm.
Here’s how it works…
Ask your players to bring their cell phones to practice. You will certainly get quizzical looks from the team, but in the back of their minds, excitement abound! Then split the team into two equal teams (or however you deem fit). Have each team line-up their cell phone nearby…because the teams will be competing for their cell phones! Oh my gosh!
Here’s how to work the cell phone incentive…
- The losing team gives up their cell phone for the night (or any specified time) to the coaches. Passwords to unlock the phone could be fun to ask for too…but I don’t want to be held accountable for what happens from here.
- The losing team gives up their cell phone for the night (or any specified time) to the winning team. Again, passwords too?
Oh the agony of not having their cell phones. Oh the double agony of knowing the coaches have their cell phones for the night. Oh the triple agony should it be a teammate with their cell phone!
You want competition in the gym, you want players to show their will to win, you want fierceness, you want crying…try the cell phone drill! Just don’t call me with complaints 🙂