Having coached the women’s soccer team at North Carolina to 22 NCAA titles since 1979, Anson Dorrance is well qualified to offer advice on how to bring out competitive excellence in female athletes.
In this video, he touches on what he does at UNC to create a team culture that makes it just as acceptable for women to compete in practice against their friends as it is for them to compete against rival schools. Part of that atmosphere is brought out by what he calls “the competitive cauldron,” which ranks player performance after each practice.
Dorrance also touches on the importance of critiquing players in a productive way. Female athletes, he notes, want to feel that the coach is their ally, so meetings should be the coach and the player vs. the stats. If you make the stats the bad guy, your relationship with the player will be that much stronger.