Jan 17, 2018 • 3 min read
Sometimes it’s necessary for coaches to go back to the basics when teaching skills in youth sports. This is how you throw. This is the best hitting technique. This is how to do a lay-up.
I think it’s time for us to go back to the basics in youth sports by naming the core values of what parents and coaches should really be doing in the world of competition. These are the basics that we must remember, the core values that should guide the youth sports journey.
It is a golden opportunity to teach character that will impact young athletes for life.
There will be hard work too, of course, but kids must enjoy it or they will not keep playing. Kids can learn many good things while having fun.
Teamwork will always make each individual player better.
Leaders that are worth following are those who are servant leaders. They support everyone on the team and are not consumed with themselves.
Better athletes, more skilled, a better understanding of the game—yes to all of those. But also better human beings who’ve learned to have compassion, be patient and work hard.
Regardless of race, economic status, or ability, if a child wants to play, then let’s find a way for that happen!
Parents and coaches must keep their egos, private ambitions and issues out of youth sports. Let the kids play!
Wishing you a great year of youth sports in 2018 with these core values at the foundation of all you do!