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Coaching Kids in Sports



If you’re thinking coaching kids is easy, think twice!

It's not just about coaching the kids. Coaches have many other responsibilities besides just coaching.


Coaching Kids: Career or Volunteer?

Some people want a career in coaching, while others want to coach kids as a volunteer.

If you want to coach kids as a career, this involves research as with any other type of career.

If you are only interested in coaching as a volunteer for your son or daughter's team or for fun, I have some information below.


List of Coaching Duties and Responsibilities

Whether you want to coach as a career or volunteer, here is a list of duties that are always involved with coaching kids in a sport:

  • Scheduling: Scheduling, rescheduling and communicating practices, games, snack schedule (for younger kids), fundraisers and picture day information.
  • Availability: Being available for the time commitment involved for coaching (nights, weekends, etc...).
  • Following Rules and Requirements: Upholding equipment and uniform requirements, school rules, etc...
  • Creativity: Being creative with practice drills to keep the kids entertained and having fun. Creating plays that are interesting, safe, productive and competitive.
  • Keeping Players Safe: Making sure players stay hydrated during practices and games. Keeping an eye out for kids with signs of dehydration or injuries.
  • Knowing the Game: Knowing the rules of the game and teaching those rules to the players.
  • Teaching Ability: Understanding and able to teach the correct technique for playing the sport in a way that prevents injuries.

  • Environment Awareness: Recognizing unsafe playing conditions and handling them appropriately.
  • Knowledge of First Aid: Knowing basic first aid in case of injuries.
  • Tracking Individual Player Performance: Keeping track of play time during games for each kid (this will definitely come in handy when faced with an angry parent). Recognizing each player's ability so they are placed in the most productive position for each play.
  • Being A Team Player: Getting along with the other coaches even when you may not believe in their strategies. Keeping good relationships with the players.
  • Managing Complaints: Handling parent requests or complaints regarding the players.
  • Remaining Unbiased: Last but not least, making sure you do not show too much favoritism toward any particular player, especially your own child. You do not want to be accused of playing "Daddy Ball".

Coaching Kids Football


Need a Team Mom?

Many coaches recruit a team mom to keep up with some of the administrative duties, so that the coaches can focus more on coaching the kids.

Simply handling parent requests or complaints about how you are coaching kids can be a very stressful job on its own much less keeping up with all the schedules and communication to the parents.


Coach and Parent Conduct

Because of the sensitivity among parents wanting the best for their kids, sometimes the parents and coaches do not get along.

Many of the leagues my boys have played in required both the coaches and the parents to sign a code of conduct before their kids could play, so don’t be surprised if you are asked to do the same.

The coaches and parents are role models for these kids, and they should promote respect toward others to teach these children proper behavior.


Different Coaching Philosophies

Over the years my husband and I have watched the coaching abilities of our kids coaches. They all have slightly different coaching philosophies of course.

Some coach kids with an easy going attitude and just want the kids to have fun. Then others are hard core and all about winning no matter what it takes.

Sure we all want our kids to win, but at what cost, and would that cost be worth it?

Kids need to get exposure to a sport even if they are not very good at first. After all, it takes practice to get better at anything.

Some coaches believe the kids should earn a position on the team by working hard in practice. Others believe in making sure all kids get equal playing time whether they act like they want to play or not.

Coaching kids can be a rewarding experience, but there has to be some balance to it all.



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