Coaching youngsters is one of the most challenging endeavors we confront in today’s times. This is because the younger breeds today are more impatient, sensitive to admonition and are impulsive doers. In order to make them do what is right, rather than what they think is right, one has to be extremely cautious and patient, lest things might go out of hand
Hence here are some tips that will not only aid professional coaches but parents as well to develop the required attitude while dealing with kids.
A coach first has to be a winner himself. By winner, I mean a winner in thought and spirit – a person who has risen above his inhibitions of the self and invariably achieved his goal. This is so because only such a person can make a winner out of kids. One must understand that ability needs nurturing and a coach owns the responsibility to induct positive attitude in each member of the team.
One must be extremely careful about the manner of articulation while coaching the kids. Neither be too soft nor be too harsh which can be misunderstood as arrogance as well. Kids should know that there will be no sparing in breaking the rules and that any aberration will not be entertained in any way. Also the routine one follows should be strictly abided to avoid students from getting distracted.
Never yell or express your displeasure at them until necessary. Also yelling instructions from the sidelines will only confuse the kids which might hinder their natural abilities.
The kids should be exposed to an active regime which demands their efforts to be at their best. ‘Failure’ for them shouldn’t be an option which for them should not be synonymous with loosing. Failure should be addressed as something that makes one give-up in life.
A good coach should lay emphasis on the importance of defeat. It should be taught to be a stepping stone to success. Children should also be taught to appreciate the skills of their rivals and made to learn from them. This very spirit will not only help make them winners in the game but in real walk of life as well.