How to Recognize the Potential in All of Your Athletes

Jul 21, 2017 10:10:07 AM
How to Recognize the Potential in All of Your Athletes
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Often as a coach, it’s easy to pick out your star athletes. Usually they’re the ones hitting the ball out of the park, raining 3s on the court, or dodging linebackers to make the game-winning touchdown. But what about the smaller, quieter, or less agile teammates - can you recognize potential in them too? Perhaps all they need is the right guidance to grow their skills and succeed in their sport. Here are a few tips on how to recognize potential in your most unexpected athletes. 

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A Father's Inspiration: "Do it Anyway"

Jun 15, 2017 11:51:47 AM
A Father's Inspiration: "Do it Anyway"
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Growing up, my dad was a sports enthusiast who was always actively involved in whatever sport or extracurricular activities my siblings and I were involved in.  I have fond memories of watching my dad coach my brother’s peewee football and baseball teams.  Even when he was not involved with coaching the team, he was always there to watch us play. Looking back, I remember what a great feeling it was to see him in the crowd proudly watching and cheering us on.

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The 20 Minute Challenge

May 19, 2017 4:16:39 PM
The 20 Minute Challenge
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6 Best Youth Basketball Blogs for Coaches

Nov 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM
6 Best Youth Basketball Blogs for Coaches
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Plenty of online resources are available for basketball coaches.These websites, including some blogs, dig into hardcore court strategy and are often geared toward high school and college coaches. Unfortunately, when looking for blogs that target rec coaches for younger players, the pickings are slimmer. In today’s competitive hoops environment that often drives players into AAU and high school play, rec youth basketball doesn’t quite get as much online attention as other sports (say, for example, soccer or baseball).

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How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

Jul 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM
How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach
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Hollywood has produced its share of movies and television shows featuring a fictional youth sports team that starts off losing every game, discovers the secret of success, and turns the season around. “The Bad News Bears” (spoiler alert!) instantly comes to mind, as does “The Mighty Ducks,” and even the TV version of “Friday Night Lights” had a season in which the team struggled badly and won a state title a year later. We love an underdog story and want our young athletes to learn, improve, and succeed—and, as much as we sometimes don’t want to admit it, win.

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5 Coaching Tips Every Youth Coach Needs to Hear

Jul 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM
5 Coaching Tips Every Youth Coach Needs to Hear
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Youth sports coaches sometimes feel like everything is conspiring against them. The majority of parents support these volunteers, but there’s always those few who take things too seriously (indeed, a survey discovered that 75 percent coaches feel parents place too much emphasis on winning). Coaches may put too much pressure on themselves to win, and experience too much of an emotional letdown when their teams don’t. There never seems enough time for all the necessary administrative duties, and coaches may feel that their leagues aren’t doing everything possible to help them.

League directors can help youth coaches by providing as much support as possible, including online team management software. But for the most part, coaches must take the initiative to improve the experience for their teams and the players in their charge. Here are five coaching tips that every youth coach needs to hear:

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Use Coaching Tools with Your Team

Jul 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Use Coaching Tools with Your Team
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Coaching a youth sports team is not an easy job. The time commitment for the volunteer role usually is on top of the coach’s day job. Some parents will have “opinions” on how you should be running the team. As much as you say you don’t care about winning and losing, not taking a loss personally or going a little overboard in trying to coach a victory can be tricky. And simply trying to get a dozen primary-schoolers to pay attention during practice is always a challenge.

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5 Youth Team Coaching Tools You Probably Didn’t Know About

Jun 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM
5 Youth Team Coaching Tools You Probably Didn’t Know About
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No coach, at any level of sports, ever feels like he or she is fully prepared for each practice, game, season, and situation. That’s why football coaching staffs start preparing for the next game after the final gun goes off, why college basketball coaches are constantly researching and recruiting their next year’s class, and why baseball teams have turned to advanced statistics to achieve an advantage over their opponents. And yet, it never feels like enough

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Why You Don’t Have to Yell as a Youth League Coach

Jun 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Why You Don’t Have to Yell as a Youth League Coach
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You may have heard these things screamed at players a youth sporting event. If you are a coach, you may have even yelled them yourself.

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4 Tips That Will Make You a Stronger Youth League Manager

Jan 20, 2016 11:18:01 AM
4 Tips That Will Make You a Stronger Youth League Manager
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What makes a strong youth team manager or coach? In a 2013 survey by Liberty Insurance’s Play Positive initiative, 77 percent or responding parents believe that their child’s coach being a caring individual is important. Another 59 percent value the importance of their kid’s coach being skilled in the sport he or she is teaching to the young athletes.

Most youth team managers and coaches believe they are strong in these two criteria, and indeed, many volunteers are. Yet, even the best coaches want to improve and be the absolutely best role models, teachers, and strategists they can be for the kids they oversee. Some of this improvement might not necessarily be on the field, court, or ice, but instead in the organizational skills required to be successful. Here are four tips that will make you a stronger youth team manager:

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