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You Volunteered To be a Youth Sports Coach – CONGRATULATIONS!!
You now have the opportunity to impact many children's lives, not just your own child's!
Ask yourself, what type of impact do you want to make? Will you be the coach who players request to play for next year? Or will you be the coach that the league administrators ask not to come back? Maybe you’ll end up somewhere between those two options. Either way, YOU control the outcome!
Many years from now most players will not remember if they won or lost, but they will remember if they had a good coach or not!
Ask yourself why you are coaching:
- Are you coaching to spend more time with your child?
- Are you coaching because you love the game your child has chosen?
- Are you coaching to help other kids learn the game you love?
- Maybe your league was short coaches and you stepped in at the last minute?
- Maybe you had a coach as a youth who you remember fondly and now you would like to give back to the sports community?
- Maybe you want to make a contribution to your local community?
- Maybe you’re coaching because you’ve heard so many “horror stories" about coaches, and you want to prevent your child from that.
These are some of the reasons you should be coaching!
Here are some of the reasons you should not consider coaching:
- Your child has "advanced skills" and you want to make sure he/she is on a team with kids who have similar skills.
- You played for a tough coach and you think kids today are soft, so you feel it’s your duty to help “toughen” them up.
- You want your child to play competitive ball, not a “watered down” non-competitive version because he/she has a chance to get a college scholarship or maybe even be a professional. (The fact is VERY few kids receive college scholarships in sports and even fewer make it to the professional level.)
- You know that a college scholarship is valuable and you're going to help your child get one by coaching him/her. (I'll repeat: VERY few kids receive college scholarships in sports and even fewer make it to the professional level.)
- You played on winning teams as a youth and you want your child to be a “winner."
These are just a few of the reasons, both good and bad, why people coach. If you are coaching for reasons in the top list, GREAT! If you are coaching for reasons in the second list, I recommend that you re-evaluate your motives -- for the sake of your child and every member of the team!