Aug
17

2018
Coaching the Youth!

Coaching the Youth!

The Bennett Foundation

It’s here! Football season has started and training camp is underway. At last, however, it’s not only the pros or grown-ups that deserve attention. It’s the youth and when it all started that we should shift focus to. Team sports provide much more than just a form of exercise. Whether football or any sport, participating in sports develops important character traits and lifelong values in children which creates a positive impact in their lives.  

In a study conducted by the NCAA, it was stated 23% of children drop out of sports because of a poor relationship with the coach. As youths, children haven’t experienced nor learned what it is like to be an adult, and because of this, children require guidance to know right from wrong. While parents and guardians are the ultimate mentors, participating in youth sports provides an opportunity to meet positive people, such as coaches and parent volunteers who will provide direction as they grow. Nonetheless, coaching is more than just X’s and O’s. There are tons of things out there to distract the impressionable youth, but sports gives them focus and people to make sure they stay on the right track.  

Being a good coach to those at a young age requires a true understanding of the value of childhood development. Moreover, knowing how to manage the individuals on your team. Unsurprisingly, different players will have different personalities and respond differently to different coaching methods. The key is to continually strive to become the best coach, leader, and example you can be.