EPISODE 6: Advice For Parents, Coaches & Trainers With Children In Youth Sports Programs. Pt. 1
In this episode we talk about the positive and negative affects of youth basketball breaking down what we all can do better as coaches, parents and trainers to ensure youth are put in the best position to succeed on the court and beyond the game. The advice we share is from our own personal experience over the years and have found that when the focus is on the well-being of the child, he or she excels athletically and academically.
What is the purpose or objective of youth basketball programs?
1. To teach youth how to play basketball and development them into fundamentally sound athletes.
2. They should teach you life / social skills and how to handle adversity, wins and losses, decision making, build esteem and how to reach team goals and individual goals.
3. They should bring exposure and opportunity and help youth prepare to transition in the next phase of basketball.
Advice for parents –
1. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot questions, but make sure you are asking the right questions to determine if the program is a good fit for your child. Know who you coach is and what he or she represents on and off the court.
2. Be mindful not to overexert your child putting them in too many sports too early. Pick 1-2 and let your child develop those interest athletically from there. Otherwise, you run the risk of the burn out phase.
3. Be careful not to impose your personal expectations or aspirations onto your child.
Advice for coaches and trainers –
1. Never stop learning or development your skill set. You don’t have to be a professional basketball player to be a great basketball teacher but you should be able to explain your philosophy and approach to developing fundamentally sound players.
2. Develop a solid curriculum that demonstrates your ability to successfully implement development strategies to measure results visually and on paper. The child’s development and progress should be apparent not only to coaches and trainers but also to parents and their children.
3. Focus more on building a good reputation and forging long term relationships, not just running a business. You impact on the child, parent and the community will create more success in the long run.
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