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10 things youth coaches can do


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Ten things youth coaches can do to make sports participation a lifetime memory for kids - and why they should do them

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10 things youth coaches can do

  1. 1. Dr. Ron Graham TOP 10 THINGS YOUTH COACHES CAN DO (to give kids a positive experience) Shred the label, save a child
  2. 2. Accept Defeat!  Because we will all lose at some point  Because I said “ACCEPT,” not “ASSUME”  And that means no blame, no finger-pointing
  3. 3. Spread the Experience!  Of COURSE you want to favor the experienced and the talented  But even THEY have made mistakes on the way  And others need to have that chance too
  4. 4. Protect the kids!  From both physical and emotional injury  Make them glad to play, win or lose  Avoid any injury that can be avoided
  5. 5. Sell the game!  Give reasons for the kids to play, and for the fans to show up...  Even when it's not going well...  And even when there's other stuff going on  Maintain your own enthusiasm
  6. 6. Respect the game!  Submit to the authority of the officials  Don't let the kids hear you complaining  Don't get into disturbances with fans
  7. 7. Be an example!  For the kids, for the parents, for the league  No cursing, no smoking, no alcohol, no ranting, no bringing personal problems to the game  And NO venting on players in public!
  8. 8. Teach the care of the sport!  Remind the kids to keep their uniforms clean and their equipment in repair  Let them know what others do to make the field or the venue ready for them to play  Teach them how to treat visiting fans, cheerleaders, custodians and the media
  9. 9. Teach and practice unity!  Never single out players to criticize  Always praise more than one at a time  Remind them that they're responsible to one another, both on and off the field
  10. 10. Remember, they're watching!  Be gracious, in victory and defeat  Smile, offer firm handshakes and eye contact  Be someone others want to imitate!
  11. 11. Have a good time!  It IS fun, right?  What you do with the kids today will be a memory that could last a lifetime!
  12. 12. ...and we can help! No Such Thing as a Bully has a sports component! Join us now and take advantage and even contribute to it!