STRAIGHT FROM THE COACHING MANUALS Quick Tips for Coaches to Help the Team After a Loss After a loss one of the most important things a coach can do is to emphasize effort (assuming the team didn't quit). ... Re-frame the experience. ... Even in losses, there are always important points to build on for the future. ... Teach the team to develop a short memory for losing. ... Ask the team for their input. What do you say to a coach after a loss? You should tell each player about their good qualities whether it is in front of the team or individually. Tell them that you love them. The head coach should be great at reinforcing that you love each other on and off of the court. Showing support and love for people helps them get through tough moments. How do you cheer up a losing team? Think ahead to the next game The best way to motivate the team after a heart-wrenching loss is allow some time to grieve, then encourage the players to move on to the next game. Talk with coaches and players about ways to address aspects of the game that went right and ones that went wrong. My Takeaway - Teach the team to develop a short memory for losing.