Praise the Effort – not the outcome.
Have you ever heard the phrase that “practice makes perfect”? We’ll have to disagree with that one because practice makes perfect only if you practice the right way to do something. If you are practicing the wrong fundamentals, you’ll perfect the wrong way of doing something. We prefer the phrase that Practice make Permanent. As a coach, its our job to ensure that the player is demonstrating and practicing proper mechanics each and every time they run a drill. Take the time to check the feet positioning, the hand placement, lateral movement etc, because if the player consistently performs the right mechanics, the proper athletic form will become part of their natural instinct on game day.