Coaching Techniques: Coaching Youth Sports with Empathy
What makes a great coach? They are positive, supportive and inspire others to do their best every single time. Great coaches can also be empathetic leaders. Venessa Barnard, Head girls varsity volleyball coach and club coach in Georgetown, TX, knows how to empower her athletes by lifting them up. Barnard was recently honored with Positive Coaching Alliance’s (PCA) highest national coaching award for her empathetic approach in coaching. Barnard has the ability to understand the feelings and motivations of her athletes and uses that understanding to make her players better. Hear her story and be motivated to be an award-winning and courageous coach like her who knows how to change the tone of disappointing scenarios and gets rid of team tension in a crucial moment.
“When you are coaching, you have to be fearless. I am completely out there. If it motivates my team, I will do a forward roll on the sidelines…You have got to be fearless. You just have to care so much for them, you lay aside yourself. You should never see yourself; you only see them. And that gives you the clarity to lift them up in whatever they need.”
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