62 Things Coaches Say to Encourage Players

Young athletes, heck all people, perform their best when they’re confident. The right words chosen by coaches and parents can go a long way in instilling confidence.

Before, during and after practice, coaches should look for ways to build players’ confidence.  Here are some examples:

Coach’s Words of Encouragement

  1. Well done!
  2. Just like Jeter (or Jordan for basketball)
  3. Yes! Yes! Super effort!
  4. That’s the way – uh-huh, uh-huh – I like it!
  5. 5 Stars!
  6. That’s exactly right.
  7. Someone’s been practicing.
  8. Nicely done!
  9. I’m proud of you.
  10. You have improved a lot.
  11. Way better than before.
  12. Super work!
  13. Keep it up!
  14. You’ve got the hang of it.
  15. You’re right on track.
  16. Great job!
  17. Wonderful!
  18. Your effort is paying off.
  19. You’re almost there!
  20. I think you have figured it out.
  21. Congratulations!
  22. Not bad.
  23. You’re looking great.
  24. Wow, you’re a fast learner.
  25. That is correct.
  26. Good for you!
  27. You’re making the coaches look good.
  28. You should feel good about your progress.
  29. Much better!
  30. Fantastic!

Check out this list of words of encouragement and support.

Encouraging Words for Players

  1. Excellent!
    Things Coaches Say to Encourage Players
  2. You must have been practicing.
  3. You should feel good about yourself
  4. I couldn’t have done any better myself.
  5. I think if you do it once more, you’ll have down pat.
  6. Terrific job!
  7. Great effort.
  8. I enjoy coaching players like you.
  9. That’s the right way to do it.
  10. Give yourself a pat on the back.
  11. Good work!
  12. Flawless.
  13. Beautiful!
  14. Sensational work!
  15. Now the wheels are turning.
  16. Excellent work!
  17. I’m impressed with your hustle.
  18. Now that’s the kind of effort that makes me happy.
  19. It is a pleasure to work with a player like you.
  20. Marvelous!
  21. This is your best work yet.
  22. Splendid!
  23. You got it!
  24. Wow, what an improvement!
  25. I knew you could do it.
  26. Team, watch how (fill in player’s name) does it.
  27. It’s fun watching you play
  28. Just like the pros do it
  29. Two thumbs up!
  30. If I looked up “star” in the dictionary, your photo would be by it.
  31. Ginormous effort – keep it up!
  32. Fabulous.
  33. Superstar is what you are!

— Mike O’Halloran

Mike is an author and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.


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