"Come on fellas, dig in. Dig in deep," said Barbara Giles. She sighed. "One serving four," she said to no one in particular. Her players had the "one" in the third set of their doubles match in the U.S. Youth Games at Catholic University.

Soon after, a Youth Games official watching three courts at once had his attention on Giles. "No coaching," he said to her.

"Who's coaching?" she asked.

So it goes for dozens of men and women instructing the various teams assembled here at the Youth Games, which continue through Sunday. Many are simply continuing roles they play in their hometowns, in junior high and high schools, public parks and recreation centers.

Giles has played tennis, she said, for 20 years, and also had a coaching stint at Spingarn High School in the District before taking a teaching job at Paul Junior High.

"The key is concentrating on certain things," Giles said. "Toughness. Not giving up. And playing the best game they can. Even when they lose you can always find winning qualities."

Today, her boys came back from their three-game deficit to pull out the third set and win their doubles match, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

"One thing I like about this Washington team is they're determined," Giles said. "If they fall, they pick themselves up. They're very supportive of each other."

Earlier, inside Catholic's gymnasium, Chicago volleyball coaches Dave Schneider and Pat McGuire were celebrating a win over Charlotte. As they did, they talked about their regular park service jobs, which involves them giving instruction in sports ranging from gymnastics to basketball and field hockey to wrestling.

"We coach every sport in every age group from 6 to 16," Schneider said.

One might not expect a volleyball champion from Chicago, but Schneider said it was the opposite. "Chicago is a real big volleyball city," he said. "They start very young. It's hard to cut down Philadelphia or a Washington or somebody. They came down with the best they could."

McGuire said she and Schneider were on their way to Gallaudet University to watch Chicago's basketball team. "Our fans have been supporting us like crazy," she said.

At Gallaudet, Wayne Barry sat on the bench as his Worcester, Mass., team played New York in a losers bracket game in boys basketball. The New York coaches jump off their bench, yelling instructions and critiques over the cheers of the New York rooting section.

Barry, in a National Invitational Tournament T-shirt and blue shorts, acted with restraint, not berating his players or the officials. He came off the bench once or twice to set up an offensive play.

"That's not my style, to yell," Barry said. "I never like to embarrass anybody. I don't like to be embarrassed myself. If I sit there and yell at a kid it's just going to put more pressure on him."

The game went down to the wire, and Worcester lost by four. His players were distraught, but not Barry.

"Worcester has about 180,000 {people} and New York has how many millions? To me, my team won," Barry said. "We stuck with better players, quicker players."

Barry said he wanted his kids to get experience on the court and experience away from home. The players are free to do what they like once the game is over. "That's the best part of the games," he said.

Barry is a parks leader in Worcester and coaches basketball. He said wanted to make sure his players weren't in awe of the big city kids.

"It's not so much they put their pants on one leg at a time, but, they're black, you're black. They're white, you're white. We're all down here to do the same thing," Barry said.

Later in the day, another New York team was completing an all-day task -- playing and winning five volleyball matches -- to win the losers bracket and advance to play Chicago Saturday for the championship.

The New York squad, dressed in colors similar to the orange and blue worn by the New York Mets, is a loose bunch that uses windmill high fives and big spikes. But Deb Vance and Gary Wohlstetter emphasize defense and receiving serve to their players.

"It's a great experience," Wohlstetter said. "The kids learn a lot. They learn about life, and not just about sports." This is Wohlstetter's his first year at the Youth Games, Vance's second.

Vance said that what made her happiest was that the athletes from all the cities were socializing.

"The {New York} kids had lunch with them {members of Chicago's team}," Vance said. "And they're the kids that beat us and put us in the losers bracket. To me, that's the spirit of the Youth Games. Some of these kids will never get out of the city again."