Welcome to the world of kids’ sports. Where you can get coaches that range from clueless to cocky to careless to corny to downright creepy.
And there’s usually not a darn thing you can do about it.
But just in case you do have a choice of a coach or can choose a team, there are some coaching traits to look for that will help your child have a great sports experience.
1. Positive attitude. He doesn’t harp on the negative all the time.
2. Doesn’t belittle the team for losing.
3. Takes the blame when his team doesn’t perform and looks to see how he can help them improve.
4. Points out the small victories to his team, even when they lose.
5. Always fights for his team. Whether he confronts refs or administrators, he is an advocate for his team.
6. He is always learning, and looking for ways to improve his own skills as a coach.
7. He wants to win, but not more than he wants the players to have a good team experience.
8. He sees the bigger picture of how sports can teach character building.
9. He really loves kids and wants them to have a great experience.
If you are lucky enough to get a coach that has these traits, remember how it feels. As a sports parents, YOU may be coaching some day.
How do I know so much about what makes a great coach?
I’ve lived with one for 28 years.