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What do you find works best to motivate a team during halftime?  I try to focus on what is happening in the game and re-focus the group where needed.  I find that uplifting speeches fall on deaf ears and are a waste of an opportunity to focus on tactics or other improvements.  

What about after the game?  I find post game everyone is mentally drained and no one wants to sit around and listen to a 45 dissertation from the coach. 


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Halftime--pick three things that need adjustment. If it's going really well and not much is going wrong, maybe pick a few things to continue doing. If there needs to be a little motivation, keep it short.

Post-game, I like to let players speak first, especially with older players. Captain(s) speak first, then others. Unless we are simultaneously doing a long static stretch as a team (during multi-game tournaments, or before a long ride home), I'll cut off things after a few minutes, maybe add a few brief thoughts of my own (or not), and we leave. If it's been a particularly tough match, maybe just skip the post-game talk altogether, and just say, "Ok, let's forget about this one. Go home, get cleaned up and I'll see you at practice."

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Be positive and brief leaving players with a 'message' to take with them.

As benji says.....at half time keep it to three 'points' maximum.
Use of the 'Coaching Sandwich' at this time can prove very effective...
POSITIVE >> CRITIQUE << POSITIVE
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"You're all doing well, lets not wait to do things with the ball and I KNOW you have the talent to win this game"

Unless they have all performed well or have won the match then I would just leave them with a positive message and see them all at training.

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Half time talk about what we need to do better. Talk about what the other team is succeeding at and what we need to do to change that. After the game, nothing, I would rather talk to them about it before practice the next day.
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I work hard at developing player to player communication. I really want the players to do most of the talking at halftime. Much like Brianm, I like them to cover the following:

Opponents pattern of play that are giving us problems and necessary adjustments either in formation or personnel.
Is there a specific opponent(s) that is hurting us? If so, their suggestions for adjustments on how to counteract what he is doing. 
The individual opponent whom their team looks to get the most touches on the ball. This might be the same as above, but maybe not. Is there a player who the team looks to immediately upon them gaining possessing? The player that dictates the rhythm and pace of the opponents counter attack / attack?
What is working well for us?
Is there an opposing player who is their weak link? One in particular that we can really go at?  What is our best 1 v 1 and 2 v 1 match up on their weak link?

These are some of the discussion starters I train my teams to explore.  It's a process and players must be encouraged to speak up / give their thoughts and opinions. When they become comfortable doing so, half times run themselves and the players take ownership of their individual and team play. When that occurs, good things generally follow. 

Along this same line of thinking. When I have good captains I allow them to make on-the-field adjustments to our formation, deployment of personnel on the pitch and even calling for specific substitutions.  The reason?  The game they see on the pitch is far different than the game I see on the sideline.  Always give the players / captain credit when their adjustments work out well.  Always take the blame when they go awry. Let them know you trust their judgement, but also have their back.  



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You aren't going to motivate a team at halftime, you're going to motivate them in practice.  At halftime all you can do is remind them of their standards and challenge them to meet them.
In general, I let them talk first at halftime.  What is going well, what needs to be improved.  We work hard year round to create an environment in which they are striving for excellence.  On a number of occasions, they've come in at halftime winning, and are not particularly pleased with their performance.  That's when we know that we're getting through to them.

After a game we keep it brief.  But we never send them off not having said anything.  With girls, that preys on their minds.  "What's wrong?  What happened?  What did I do?  Is he mad at me?"
Win or lose, I like to focus on something that they did well, briefly talk about what we learned from the game, then send them on their way.

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I have to disagree about not motivating a team at halftime. I have had very good success at it motivating my girls.
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Brian, I'm not saying that I don't motivate a team at halftime.  What I'm saying is that the seeds have been planted way before then.  If you wait to try and motivate them at that point, more than likely it's going to fail.
I'm willing to bet that the reason that you have had very good success at motivating your girls isn't because you give stirring halftime speeches, but because of the relationships that you have formed with them prior to that point.

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Unless steam was coming from my ears and they needed "the talk," which was good once a season, I start nearly every halftime talk with "who wants to go first." Give the girls ownership. Se if they are recognizing the same things as you or something different.
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