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Team Battle Day - Tips for Coaches
Before the Battles
- Arrive with your team 15-20 minutes before your battle begins. Check-in to receive your specific battle schedule.
- Take a moment to “huddle” with your team: calm nerves, take a few photos, and give a pre-battle pep talk.
- Reassure your team captain and give last-minute reminders about rules and strategy.
During the Battles
- Take a seat in the battle room that is least distracting for your team. Tell them where you are planning to sit.
- Model positive behavior during battles and keep a smile on your face.
- Between battles, take a moment with your team to diffuse any issues from the first battle and focus on a clean slate
for the next battle. Losing a battle does not mean your team is out of contention.
After the Battles
- Proceed to your designated auditorium after the three battles.
- Gather your team together and take some time to recap the positive moments from the battles and from your team's whole journey.
Many students experience a “let down” or “low” feeling after competing. It is important to debrief together and perhaps even
arrange a post-battles celebration to end the day on a high note (see ideas below).
- Provide each team member with their Superlative Award Certificate.
- Finalize your plans to attend the Championship & All Team Finale to share in the pizza party, team prizes, meeting the author, and seeing the final battle.
Places to Celebrate after Team Battle Day
- Go to a restaurant or coffee shop for a meal, ice cream, or hot chocolate.
A few nearby options: Thats’a Pizza, Jimmy Johns, Dickies BBQ, Culvers, Biggby Coffee, Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
- Ask a parent to host everyone at their house with a potluck, ice cream sundae bar, or popcorn with a movie.
- Go bowling or to the arcade at Lucky Jack’s.