You are Important
Coaching youth basketball makes you a very special person. You are in a position to help mold young minds and bodies. How much more important could a job be?
Here are some tips and advice for successfully coaching youth basketball.
Serve as a Positive Role Model
Begin working with your students by adopting an approachable tone and manner. Be both friendly and professional at the same time. Let the youngsters know that you are someone whom they can come to. Be an individual who is going to point them in the right direction. In other words, lead by example.
Do whatever is required to launch your team in the right way. Organize and set up all of the necessary practice sessions and official games. Let families know what the children will need to do to be a successful member of the team. Distribute the pertinent information in time for team members and their families to plan their time and activities accordingly.
Conduct Successful Coaching Sessions
Always have a watchful eye on what is going on during basketball sessions. Make sure that safety is always a priority and that you have carefully explained safety rules to your youths. Keep things moving. Stay attuned so that all of the students are involved in a lively and productive amount of activity. Make sure that what you are teaching is reasonable for the ages and abilities of your students. Always challenge your children but don’t expect more from them than is reasonable. However, prepare your team as best you can for the competitions they will be facing.
Think good thoughts. Youngsters are going to make mistakes. On occasion, they are not going to perform as you had hoped. Scolding them is simply not the way to go. It’s only going to embarrass and intimidate them. It’s not likely to improve their skills. So, even though you may feel quite disappointed after a game, hold your temper and choose your words carefully. You have the greatest chance of advancing your student’s skills if the children are not feeling stressed or intimidated. As their coach, you want to build their self-esteem, not tear it down. Do what you can to promote this for each of the members of your team.
Winning Isn’t Everything
In addition to learning the “ins and outs” of basketball, a number of other lessons can be gleaned from playing on a youth basketball team. Children will learn the importance of working hard, how to get along with others, how to react to wins, and how to accept losses. Ideally, they will also gain perseverance, patience, and leadership skills. These are crucial life-lessons that will help the students to build good character and elevate their self worth.
A Team Family
Be aware that the children’s parents and other family members are an important part of your successful coaching experience. So, in order to get the best out of the children, stay on good terms with their parents. Be patient, available, and understanding. In truth, your team includes you, all of the youngsters, and also their parents. Hopefully, you will be at the center of a newly created team family. Good luck!