Many youth sport organizations rely on volunteers to coach the league’s teams. Volunteer coaches give their time, energy and spirit to help give the children an opportunity to learn and play the sport. So many times though first time volunteer coaches are overwhelmed with the experience and the coach realizes they may have bit off more they can chew.
- Be clear with your goals for the season and share them with the parents and children
Figure out what your goal is for the season. Is it to make the playoffs? Everyone has fun and gets equal playing time regardless of your record? Do you want to improve from last year? Set your goals for the beginning of the season and let the parents and children know what your goals are. This will help eliminate issues later on in the season.
- Plan practices to keep kids active
When you plan your practice make sure there is not to much “classroom time” where you are talking at the kids while they are not moving. Do not do drills that make the kids stand in line for too long either. The more active the children are the more they are focused and ultimately improve. If you have the man power stations are a great way to keep the kids moving and learning.
- Focus on 1-2 areas in practice
Many coaches believe they have to teach every aspect of the game during each practice. Pick a skill or two to focus on, and as you teach make sure you give the players positive reinforcement when performing the skill correctly. Suggest to focus on those skills during your next game; this will reinforce what you taught during practice.
- Always end practice on a positive note
As a coach you can always find something positive you can always ask the children if they saw something their teammate did well…or what they thought was positive during practice.
- Have fun
This is not an easy job even though it is “volunteer.” If you have fun the children will pick up on this and will have fun, too!
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