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Coaching Young Athletes

Coaching Young Athletes

By Darren Wensor
Thoughts, ideas, tips and tricks to help you become a better coach, instructor or sports parent.
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This Strategy That Just Might Save Your Coaching Session
How do you salvage a coaching session that is slowly slipping away from you? Here are some strategies that may just work.
May 26, 2021
10 Things I Am Doing When I Am At My Best As A Coach
Have you ever considered the type of things you are doing when you are at your happiest and performing your best as a coach? Here is a list of actions and habits that enable effective coaching.
May 11, 2021
How To Serve Up An ACE Warm-Up For Kids
The choice of possible warm up activities that can be used when working with kids is huge. So how do you choose what to use? This episode of the Coaching Young Athletes podcast discusses three key considerations to help coaches plan a warm up for young athletes.
May 04, 2021
5 Unexpected Things That Can Enhance Your Journey As A Youth Sports Coach
Learning can sometimes come from the most unexpected sources. Many of these are not what we would usually consider as conventional coach development opportunities. Some we might prefer to avoid and some we may even fear. This episode of the Coaching Young Athletes podcast discusses 5 unexpected sources of learning that can ultimately enhance your coaching journey.
April 25, 2021
The Art of Skill Progression And Regression When Coaching Kids
Particularly when coaching kids, the skill level within a group can vary considerably. The larger the group, the more levels of capability you are likely to encounter. This episode discusses how youth sports coaches can cater for different capabilities within a group of young athletes.
April 16, 2021
Why Youth Sports Coaches Should Not Focus On The Fixture
It takes a courageous youth sports coach to maintain a development focus with an "important" competition pending. Learn about how development can be delayed when a focus on the fixture is favoured.
July 09, 2019
How Can Kids Get Good At Sports Without Burning Out?
 How To Build Up Hours Without Breaking Down Kids.  7 tips to give kids a greater exposure to sports practice without putting them into a specialised formal single sport program. 
July 02, 2019
How To Motivate Kids To Try Difficult Tasks
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.
June 25, 2019
3 Unusual Items In My Coaching Kit That I Absolutely Love
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.
June 18, 2019
This Is What You Need To Know About External Coaching Cues
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.
June 11, 2019
How To Select The Best Coaching Session Content For Young Athletes
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.
June 04, 2019
How To Use The Power Of Language In Coaching
One word can make a big difference. Taking time to craft your language to resonate with your audience will make you a better coach. Learn about 5 C's of great coaching cues and how to use them.
May 28, 2019
What is the Ultimate Key to Effective Youth Sports Coaching?
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.
March 17, 2018
The Fundamentals That Will Make Kids Faster
I am regularly asked what type of training kids should do for a particular sprint or running event. Here I discuss my "running coaching curriculum". In other words - how I coach kids to run.
March 17, 2018
Bad Youth Sports Coaching
8 warning signs of really bad youth sports coaching. What NOT to do when coaching kids.
August 26, 2017
Tips For Coaching Kids: Part 5
Five of the top things that I have learnt on my coaching journey so far. Part 5 of a 5-part series.
August 22, 2017
Tips For Coaching Kids: Part 4
Five of the top things that I have learnt on my coaching journey so far. Part 4 of a 5-part series.
August 21, 2017
Tips For Coaching Kids: Part 3
Five of the top things that I have learnt on my coaching journey so far. Part 3 in a 5-part series.
August 20, 2017
Tips For Coaching Kids: Part 2
Five of the top things that I have learnt on my coaching journey so far. Part 2 in a 5-part series.
August 19, 2017
Tips For Coaching Kids: Part 1
Five of the top things that I have learnt on my coaching journey so far. Part 1 in a 5-part series.
August 18, 2017
Youth Sports Specialisation
When should young athletes specialise?
August 11, 2017
Youth Coaching Success
How to measure your success when coaching young athletes.
August 04, 2017
Fun Tops The Charts When Coaching Young Athletes
Learn how to develop a "Top Ten Fun Chart" by finding out what "fun" means to your athletes.
July 28, 2017
3 Great Sports Coaching Reads
3 of the Best Sports Coaching Articles I Have Read This Year
July 22, 2017