Tournament Tips for Coaches

Before the Tournament

  • Make a plan to keep your team hydrated and nourished during the event.  Bring filled water bottles, plenty of healthy snacks, and a packed lunch.
  • Arrive with your team a few minutes before 9 AM. Check-in to receive your specific Tournament schedule.
  • Be sure to visit the bathrooms and have a snack or drink before your event begins.
  • Take a moment to “huddle” with your team: calm nerves, take a few photos, and give a pre-battle pep talk.
  • Reassure your team and give last-minute reminders about rules and strategy.

During the Events

  • Take a seat in the competition rooms that is least distracting for your team. Tell them where you are planning to sit.
  • Model positive behavior during the events and keep a smile on your face.
  • Between events, take a moment with your team to diffuse any issues from the first event and focus on a clean slate. for the next event. Doing poorly in one event does not mean your team is out of contention for other events or the overall spot.

Between Events

  • Enjoy a snack in the cafeteria, visit the restrooms, allow for a brain break.
  • During your lunch break, be sure all team members take time to fuel up, rest or get their energy out as needed.

After the Events

  • Gather your team together and take some time to recap the positive moments from the events and from your team's whole journey.
  • Provide each team member with their Superlative Award Certificate.
  • Finalize your plans for the Finale: gather your team, review your questions for the author, and plan for parent/guardian pickup.