Coaching young kids now a days is a highly challenging job, particularly because the new generation today lose their patience easily, are vulnerable to negativity and act impulsively. Thus in order to make these people do what is right for them, rather than letting them do what they think is right, one has to be highly patient and smart in handling them.
Discussed below are some points that will help professional coaches as well as parents to know the requisites while coaching their kids.
A coach has the ability to completely transform a child’s persona, making him a winner for life. However for that, the coach himself has to be a winner first. The term ‘winner’ here means being a winner in spirit – a person who has overcome his personal inhibitions and achieved his goal. This is because only a mentally strong person can make a winner out of the young breeds. It is imperative to understand that even talent needs nurturing and it is the responsibility of a coach to induce positive attitude in every member of his team.
The way a particular message is imparted to the kids holds great importance. One must neither be too friendly nor too stringent in speech as it can be misunderstood as arrogance and kids may refuse to listen to the person. However, they should be aware of the fact that they will not be spared in case they break the rules. Also the daily work-out and practice regime set for them should be strictly adhered to.
Avoid yelling or expressing displeasure at them unless required.
The kids should have an active practice routine demanding all their abilities to be at their best. ‘Failure’ shouldn’t be an option for them. However, losing should not be mistaken for failure. They should know that failure means giving up and not trying again. Losing a match should never be a failure for them.
A good coach should also lay stress on the lesson one needs to learn from defeat. Defeat should only be taken as a stepping stone to success. Kids must be taught the sportsman spirit and made to respect the skills of their rivals and also learn from them, if need be. Instilling this very spirit in young bloods will not only help them emerge winners in the sport they play but in real walk of life as well.
Thus before you choose to coach the kids, make sure you are not carrying any extra baggage from your bad experiences or prejudices which might hamper the development of a healthy spirit among children. Be the person you want them to be first. No matter how much you scold them in order to bring out the geniuses in them, if your kids trust you with their life, you are already three part ahead in achieving your goal.