Ken Eriksen, 2020 Olympic Coach, addresses a hot topic: The use of cell phones with young athletes.
Eriksen has a few simple rules for his athletes that limit cell phone obsession. The most important rule is what he calls "clearing the mechanism": Challenging athletes to avoid using cell phones for an hour before getting on and off the field. Cell phones introduce many potential distractions that can detract from a player's performance and mentality while in practice or games. Encourage your athletes to separate themselves from those distractions, even if it's only for a short amount of time.