Focus on Growth
As with any privilege, we hope you’ve earned it by developing your players and keeping the youth sports experience fun for them. Having players leave the game day happy, healthy and wanting to come back for more is the goal. Focusing not on the scoreboard results, but on the player’s growth.
As you near the end of your season and approach tournament time, please help your sidelines to remember the purpose of your season. Tournament time is one of high emotions and everyone wants to win. That is the competitive spirit.
But, remember that our programs are designed for kids – not for the adults. Many parents will evaluate the success of the season on the game outcome and that is unfortunate. the kids deserve better than that. The statistics are proven that only one team will win any given contest, so keep your expectations and emotions in check. Make the tournament FUN. Celebrate your team and players! Let the kids be kids and remind the parents to do the same.
A Lasting Impact
At the end of your season, find the one thing that is special about each player and tell them what they do great. Thank them for a great season and recap the accomplishments that have been made. And as for the parents, let them know that the scoreboard is not the only measure of success, because too many parents look to the scoreboard for affirmation that their kids are winning.
Coaches aren’t born, they are made; and they get better with experience. Patience and optimism are the keys to success both of which take time to develop. So if you are just starting your coaching career, we can only encourage you to keep going and improve yourself each season. Keep your team together and they will develop faster.
Coaches are the magic at ONE Sports Nation – so thank you for being a part of your youth sports community and giving the kids ONE Great Youth Sports Experience!