Your Buddy Check Talk does not require you to be a mental health expert in any way. We are simply asking that you open the door to mental health conversations with your athletes and encourage them to “Buddy Check” one another.
Don’t overthink what you are going to discuss. The chat a coach has with their players need not be intimidating.
Our best tip? Be open, authentic and lead by example. If you are open to having these conversations, so will your athletes.
During your chat, we’d love to encourage you to incorporate the color green in your practice, game, tournament, etc. Green tape and/or shoelaces are simple and inexpensive ways to show your support for mental health and they’re also easily found!
Our customized green wristbands and bag tags are very popular (we can assist with ordering these – just ask). Please also reach out to us at BCFJ for other ideas.
Choose something that works for your athletes/sport. Uniting through the color green gives the athletes a sense of camaraderie and alerts others to the importance of mental health.
Feel free to read directly from the downloadable coach chats or customize the chat for your age group/athlete profile and share some of your own or your coaching staffs’ personal experiences. Feel free to read directly from the “BUDDY” card in the resource section. For younger players (generally < 10), the message can be a simple one about teamwork, anti- bullying, and remaining “positive” with the color green being symbolic of that.
Choose whatever time you feel works best for your team to deliver your message. This may be prior to a game, match, or during a practice session. The impact is more meaningful when delivered in person. The time required to have an impact is 10-15 minutes!