Many of you know I use helmet award stickers to motivate my youth football players, and last fall to motivate my defense to play for shut outs, I started awarding them an ice cream sandwich party at our practices the next week. For a few dollars for ice cream our defense held our league to less than 30 points in 10 games. We were 8 and 10 on shut outs. In the Spring season we had similar results. Not only are the ice cream sandwiches a great motivation tool, the atmosphere after practice with the players is relaxed and there is time to joke and around and talk about life outside of football. Plus, the parents join in and the time is a great opportunity to socialize with the parents.
I promise you if you spend a little on ice cream sandwiches and free up a little time after your practices for some fun time, your players will love you for it and play harder for you.
Play for Fun and Winning is Funner, especially with ice cream sandwiches.
Good luck this season,
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth / DFW TX