What We Need From Our Children’s Sports Coaches

By on June 5, 2015


http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/coaches-need-balanced-perspective-mkdn/I am someone you would call a worry wart. I see my 2-year-old on a chair reaching for a spoon and I think, “If she falls she’ll crack her head.”

It’s graphic, I know, but that’s kind of how my mind works.

Danger seems ever present, and I’m not sure if it’s magnified because I have two little girls, one of whom is at a time in her life when she can start getting involved in organized youth leagues. I should be excited to watch her go down the road of athletics as I did, but that’s exactly why I’m not jumping for joy.

I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old, and for the next 12 years from January till August I was competing. When I got involved in Pop Warner football in 5th grade, I was busy with sports all year round.

I played for the best teams and the worst. On every team I’ve seen the power that coaches have to inspire their players or destroy their love for the game. Coaches can also affect the behavioral conduct of his or her players by creating an environment of bullying or acceptance.

You might be surprised to note that it doesn’t matter the style of coaching when it comes to winning. Sadly, teams can win with terrible coaches. goodmenproject.com

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