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Alexander Oshinsky

I teach inner city elementary school kids to play soccer for DC Scores and DC United. Since it is a nonprofit after school program many parents sign their kids up even if their kids have no interest in playing which ends up causing issues with kids fighting and misbehaving since they do not want to be there. It got so bad a couple seasons ago that I started a “player of the week” award, where the most well behaved player every week would win a mini-soccer ball and the player at the end of the season that had won the most would win a larger prize. This way even if a player wins once they will be motivated to continue behaving and winning in the hopes of winning the larger prize. It ended up working extremely well and we were able to not only learn and focus during practice but we became competitive during games.