Use Colours, Not Numbers When Grouping Kids

Use This Simple Strategy When You Need to Put Young Athletes into Groups

Often when coaching young athletes you will need to put kids into groups to perform an activity. If not done well, this task can become chaotic.

I see many coaches “number off” the kids, which I don’t think is the best way to go about it.

For example, if they have twenty kids and need five groups with four kids in each group, they will give each person a number. Each young athlete will then have to remember that number or stand behind a marker that corresponds with that number.

This is so confusing for the kids. The younger they are the more confused they will get. Some will forget their number and some will forget which marker corresponds with which number.

It is far easier to give the kids a colour and send them to that colour.

It is far easier to give the kids a colour and send them to that colour.

Let me explain, using the above example. You want the kids to line up in five groups of four athletes. So, using the strategy that I am recommending, you place out five different coloured cones – let’s say red, blue, green, orange and white. You then give the kids one of those colours rather than a number.

I have found this to be by far the best strategy for grouping young athletes quickly and efficiently.

Try this strategy and let me know how it goes

I would love to hear what results you get from trying this strategy. Let me know by leaving a reply/comment, or by using the contact details below. I would also love you to share any other tips that you may have for organising groups quickly.

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20150614_154020-1Darren Wensor is a sports development professional, coach educator, specialist coach of young athletes and founder of the blog Learn more about him here and connect with him on TwitterFacebookLinkedin, Anchor or via email.

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