Tips for Team Coaches


How to Build Team Spirit

  • Brainstorm a fun team name together.
  • Pick a special color or clothing item to wear as a team.
  • If you participate in the Oral Battle and/or Championship Battle, make signs with your team name and have parents carry them to show support.

How to Encourage & Reward Your Team

  • Use praise and small rewards to recognize when each book is finished and when readers give good ideas and answers.
  • Provide snacks.
  • Play a game or just have some social time after the meeting.
  • After your team has completed a battle day, consider getting ice cream or fun snacks together to celebrate.
  • Keep it fun and make happy memories!

Top Seven Battle Strategies

  1. Set practice schedule Set up a schedule of practices and share it with readers and their parents. Include the times and dates of the battles. Ask parents to confirm via mail or email that they received the practice schedule and battle schedule.
  2. Divide up the books You may want to divide up the books – making each reader responsible for certain books. But still encourage all readers to read as many books as possible. Use the Team Reading Chart or similar tool to track your progress on the books read and discussed.
  3. Make notes Keep notes, make a poster board, and/or draw sketches for easy reference about the main characters, the important events, the settings, etc. for each title.
  4. Practice Have readers write practice questions about the books they have read, then quiz each other. Divide your team and have mock battles. Give each member a chance to participate in these mock battles. Get your team into the habit of giving the title and the author of each book.
  5. Review the Rules Before each battle, review the rules with your team.
  6. Don’t Miss the Finale As a team, plan to attend the Battle Finals and Author Event even if you aren’t in that final battle. It is fun to watch and a great finale!
  7. Show Good Sportsmanship Emphasize the fact that just participating is fun and worthwhile. It is important for your team members to learn to win and lose graciously.