How can we facilitate a learning environment that encourages young athletes to have a go and persevere? If the factors that contribute to positive experiences for children can be identified, the challenge for youth sports coaches is to deliberately attempt to replicate these factors within a coaching session. This podcast identifies eight ways to deliberately create an environment that will encourage kids to try and persist.
I've purchased a range of fancy coaching aids over the years - some quite expensive. Funnily enough, some of my favourites are the most basic and inexpensive of these - and probably those that you would least expect. Check out these inexpensive coaching aids that every coach of kids should carry.
Research indicates that external cues are better than internal cues for learning and performance. Knowing this and being able to apply this knowledge can be a game-changer in coaching. From playground swings to sport, learn about the power of external coaching cues and some tips about how to apply them most effectively.
The best coaches of kids are are discerning about what they include in their program. Any activity that appears within a session should have passed through several filters prior to being delivered to the kids. Learn about the 3 questions that you need to ask about your coaching content.
What would you say is the most important ability that a youth sports coach needs to possess in order to be effective? I will let you know my thoughts and also discuss three broad categories in which I classify coaches according to their ability in this area.