Below you will find a few of our favorite blog posts that are related to youth sports, youth sports coaching and sports parenting from the past few weeks. Please feel free to visit each and we hope you find them as helpful as we do!
What motivates younger players? Not surprisingly it is the same things that motivate all of us when we are placed in an unfamiliar position or situation. In the beginning, it all comes down to three simple things that have total control on our confidence to get involved…
Youth football players are amazing creatures. They will usually be in lockstep with the head coaches attitude and demeanor, especially on game days.
It is sad but there are always players who are convinced that they are great players when the reality is quite different. I think every high school coach has seen a player not make the team and behave as if they are totally shocked. They often are the only person to be surprised.
There are several different coaching philosophies that have produced positive on the field results. Fans of professional and college sports teams often think that a coach who is constantly yelling is constantly coaching. Listen to a local sports talk radio station of a struggling team and you will hear several callers declare that the current coach should be fired and someone needs to “light a fire” under the players. What does that phrase really mean?
I have heard countless stories and excuses among student-athletes for their inability to maintain good grades because of their commitment to their sport. To me, it’s a cop-out. It’s reason for a student to be lazy, to under-achieve, and to go through the motions.
At the 14u level I have talked endlessly to my players about their effort and their attitude, both of which are ENTIRELY within their control. Often, if only in my head, I would question many players’ effort; particularly in comparison to other teammates or players we competed against.