Becoming a champion is not something you become when you win an award. It is not that medal around your neck or the plaque on your mantel. Becoming a champion is a way of being. It is a journey. It is a choice.
Young athletes are kids; they are not mini-adults. They have a hard time paying attention to one thing for a long time because deep down they know, they are out there to play, and this is just a game.
The secret ingredient to success at the youth sport level is simplicity. Seek the trust of your athletes. Create a safe environment where learning can take place. Once they trust you, you can push them to be uncomfortable.
In this clip, Dr. Donahue lists the reasons for attrition in youth sports and why kids drop out or quit. Among those: injury, often stemming from overuse, due to early sport specialization.
Most coaches – whether volunteer or paid – are good-hearted individuals who truly want to develop players’ skills and teach them to enjoy the game.
Two weeks ago, Nick Saban railed that football was the only sport left where the high school coach still matters and he wanted to keep it that way in the face of satellite camps. Meyer’s message to campers: It’s fine to do camps and get exposure, but what matters most is what you do in high school and what your coach says about you.
Telling your children you are proud of them, whether they win or lose. Do this before they even play, after they play and as often as possible when it has nothing to do with sports.
Every young coach needs to learn that coaching isn’t a separate entity from teaching; coaching IS teaching, just with a ball instead of a textbook.
It might sound crazy, but sometimes letting your child quit sports is the right thing to do. You never want to pressure your child into playing youth sports, especially when they are miserable every step of the way.
The tremendous growth of club and travel events has made identifying prospects much easier for college coaches. Prospects put on display every weekend can be cherry picking for coaches roaming from tournament to showcase to combine. But there is a catch.