This section includes several suggestions for coaches of deaf sport teams. The coach should:
- Know the different signs of the various regions or countries from which the athletes originate (e.g., one of the signs for bathroom in ASL is a curse word in Britain).
- Find ways to gain the attention of the deaf athletes (e.g., by switching the lights on and off).
When practicing or playing outdoors, the coach should be aware of the glare of the sun, because it may block the athlete's view. Therefore, a coach should face the sun.
- Provide consistent verbal and nonverbal messages to insure that messages are properly interpreted by the athletes.
In these ways, an athlete is better able to understand the messages being sent.