Tips for Coaches

  1. Motivate your players.
  2. Communicate in a positive manner with your players.
  3. Model appropriate behavior for your players.
  4. Teach patiently, take your time and provide great encouragement.
  5. Give a tremendous amount of positive reinforcement.
  6. Demonstrate good leadership. Lead by example.
  7. Be well organized.
  8. Obtain as much knowledge on the sport and skills as possible to teach your players the basic fundamental skills.
  9. Be consistent with your communication and how you treat all players.
  10. Be honest with your players. A coach has such a strong impact on young children, it is important to demonstrate proper behavior at all times.
  11. Be fair with all players.
  12. Set team rules that promote team unity and allow players to grow as athletes and young people.
  13. Develop realistic goals for each player. Goals should be high yet attainable and should be developed with regards to the individual player.
  14. Have fun. If the coach is not having fun then the players are not having fun.
  15. Self-evaluate your efforts. Did you plan a good practice? Were you prepared? Did you encourage your players? Did you teach the basic skills?
  16. Assess your players at every stage.
  17. Get to know your players.
  18. Listen to your players. Why are they playing sports?
  19. Find some great enthusiastic assistant coaches.