Below you will find a few of our favorite blog posts that are related to youth sports, youth sports coaching and sports parenting from the past few weeks. Please feel free to visit each and we hope you find them as helpful as we do!
When it comes to signing your child up for a sports team, it’s natural to feel a bit of trepidation while they’re still young. While you do not want your child to be behind the other children in terms of skills, you may wonder if your child is ready to devote the time and effort it takes to learn a sport and to be a part of a team.
This past week two senior boys from Horace Greeley HS in Chappaqua, NY, were named to the varsity girls’ volleyball team there. The boys, one of whom is 6-0 tall, claim that since there’s no comparable boys’ volleyball team in the school (or for that matter, any where else in Westchester County), then their rights to play volleyball are being denied, and thus they have every right to compete on the girls’ team.
This summer marked the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. This legislation opened the door for millions of girls to participate in scholastic sports. Perhaps many thought that since more females were playing sports, more of them would end up coaching.
However, according to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the numbers of women coaching in youth sports is at 20%, while at scholastic and college level it’s less than 50%.
Many of the youth leagues in which I’ve coached emphasize the participation aspect of sports play. In this setting, most coaches do a good job applying positive coaching techniques. When mistakes occur, they calmly explain what the player did right, what went wrong, and the corrective action(s) needed.
The 10,000-hour theory has become the American dream for developing athletes. Just work hard enough and your gold medal, Hall of Fame, championship ambitions can come true. It is achievable, measurable and finite.
The best youth coaches never seem to have a problem admitting that they simply don’t know it all! In fact, they are the first to admit it, and they never stop learning, never stop asking questions, and always are looking for ways to improve. If you want to be a top coach, and a true leader, be sure to: