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!
Swimming Psyches Out
Confidence comes from having complete faith in your training and preparation. Faith in your training and preparation comes from working hard, developing all the physical and mental skills that will make you ready to perform and doing the little things right every day.
Searching for a Lift in Expectations
We don’t think the answer to raising expectations is to do more. We believe it is a matter of doing more of the correct things – technique, training, dry land, nutrition, time management, teaching personal responsibility, excelling in the classroom, being a contributor to one’s community…the list is even longer but you get the point.
The Difference Maker
The most important thing that gave me drive to want to success is that my coaches never stopped believing in us. They kept faith and knew that we could pull off a win. That’s what separates a good coach from a great coach. A good coach will pick 13 girls and make them a team. A great coach will pick 13 girls and make them a family. A good coach will make sure that every individual believes that they can succeed on the field. A great coach will make sure everybody believe they can succeed together on the field and in life, even the coach themselves.
First Practice of the Year
Like the first few series of the football game, I like to plan out my first few weeks of training way ahead of time. I know I want to cover a number of topics including some technique to knock the rust off. I also want to start talking about how were going to defend and attack. With older teams this involves our formation and the roles and responsibilities of each player. I also want to set a tone the attitude I want the teams to play with.
Supporting players who can do it in training but not in matches
I have coached players who make recurring errors during matches but can perform the skill perfectly well in training. They need my support and help. I always start by trying to find the cause of the problem.
My Worst Day As A Youth Sports Coach
There are some kids who I really admire for their character and spirit, in addition to their talent. I always make sure to tell parents that they have done a great job with the children when I see kids like that. Some of these kids I coach over and over again in football and basketball. I am good friends with their parents and having a team of kids I am familiar with and who are familiar with me makes coaching even more fun.