And with the newer generation of these phones, you can even receive your email, get directions through GPS, and check the web almost everywhere .And in the case of MP3 players, you can now bring along your music with you anywhere you go.
With todays batch of players, you can literally bring along with you thousands of songs in a little package . Thats of course way better than lugging around a bunch of tapes and a humongous Walkman, for those old enough to remember what Im talking about.ut.
But for all the benefits of these gadgets, they could also be detrimental to your players performance when taken in the context of softball . These gadgets could cause a major distraction to your players that could prevent them from performing well, or from immediately getting what youre trying to tell them.
The secret here is that you, as the coach, should help your players strike the balance between the benefits of using these gadgets and their negative effects on your players game .So how do you prevent your players from getting distracted by MP3 players and cellphones Here are some of my suggestions:1.
Tell them to keep their cellular phones in their bags during team-oriented activities. These activities include practices, meals with teammates and of course, games. Tell them that they can only use their cellular phone before and after these activities. However, if they really need to use this device,, let them ask for your permission first.2. Let them use their MP3 players when you think it can benefit them. Ever noticed how plugging earphones on your ears can help you focus on the task youre doing This kind of focus brought about by MP3 players can be beneficial to your players.So let them use it during practice or training. But advise them not to turn it up too loud so that they can still hear you just in case you have to tell them something. Aside from practices, you can also let them use their players during long trips to help them feel psyched and help prevent boredom.Finally, listening to music can also help them relax before games and while doing their warm-ups, so you tell them to use their players during those times.But remember that some players might prefer to do away with MP3 players. So all in all, using MP3 players during the occasions Ive mentioned should be optional.3. Absolutely no distractions when youre talking to them. When youre talking, you want your team to listen. So you should keep their attention away from their gadgets and let them focus on what youre saying.