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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.
- On Tournament & Faire Day, bring your team shield. Have parents show support with signs or clothing items as well.
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.
- Play a game or just have some social time after the meeting.
- After your team has completed the Tournament & Faire Day, consider getting ice cream or fun snacks together to celebrate.
- Keep it fun and make happy memories!
Top Seven Battle of the Books Strategies
- Set practice schedule
Set up a schedule for your team meetings and share it with readers and their parents. Include the times and dates of all team events. Ask parents to confirm via email or in person that they received the team meeting schedule and overall schedule for Battle of the Books.
- 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 a Team Reading Chart or similar tool to track your progress on the books read and discussed.
- 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.
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.
- Review the Rules
Before Tournament Day, review the rules with your team. If you are in the Faire Division, review the activities being offered.
- Don’t Miss the Finale
As a team, plan to attend the Championship & All-Team Finale. It is fun to watch the finals. You'll get to meet a children's author. And the finale announces the overall team prizes and has special activities!
- 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 and be a part of a positive experience for everyone.