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Parent's Corner

Characteristics of a Good Coach

Before you sign your child up, do your homework and look for a coach who:

1.    Knows how to teach in a positive way, not harping on negatives all the time.

2.    Doesn’t belittle the team for losing.

3.    Takes the blame when the team doesn’t perform and looks to see how they can help them improve.

4.    Points out the small victories to the team, even when they lose.

5.    Always fights for the team. Whether they confront refs or administrators, they are advocates for their team.

6.    Is always learning and looks for ways to improve their own skills as a coach.

7.    Wants to win, but not more than they want the players to have a good team experience.

8.    Sees the bigger picture of how sports can teach character building.

9.    Really loves kids and wants them to have a great experience.

If your child has a coach with these traits, their love for sports will be nurtured and the chances are much greater that your young athlete will stay in the game longer. A negative coach who does not know how to water your child’s passion for the game could have your young athlete running away from a sport they once couldn’t wait to play.


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