For growing children, sports is one of the best venues in which to interact with other children, learn about values such as camaraderie, patience, persistence, and team work, and improve the children’s physical health all at the same time. If you enjoyed youth sports when you were a child, you can give back and give others the opportunity to enjoy sports by coaching the local team. Here’s how.
Coordinate with the youth center. A number of towns and cities have local youth leagues and youth sports centers which will coordinate games between neighborhoods. These centers will usually need coaches who work on a voluntary basis. You should be aware that the job will not be financially rewarding, but it will make for an excellent hobby for both you and the kids. Coordinate with the youth sports centers, which will then assign you to a neighborhood where you can work as the coach.
Create a lesson plan. Next, you will also need to create a lesson plan. Teaching sports is not as easy as it seems – you will need to tailor the sports to the age and experience which the children have. For very young children, you will need to introduce them to the basic rules of the game. For older children, on the other hand, the lesson plan can focus on enhancing the skills of the players.
Make it exciting. Next, you will also need to make the sports lessons and the trainings exciting for the youth players. Keep in mind that the children are not paid for participating either, which means that you need to give them a reason to stay and put up with the time and effort needed to play youth sports. You can take them to various stadiums and playing fields for practice, so that they get some sightseeing while learning the sport and honing their sport skills. Of course, one of the best ways to keep the game fun and exciting for children is through your own handling of the coaching position. You should know how to motivate the children without pressuring them unnecessarily.
Prepare rewards. You should also prepare rewards for players who excel in the game naturally or through practice, as well as for players who show much effort in improving and who consistently practice. The rewards can be as simple as a treat to the candy shop, or an ice cream cone. Small children will even feel good with just star shaped cardboard cutouts that they can keep as souvenirs and mementos of their achievement. The key is to be creative when it comes to rewarding your team.
Focus on teamwork. Also, focus on teamwork. The key to most youth sports is team work and coordination. There are trust exercises and games that you can play with the team in order to promote greater camaraderie and trust, which will eventually lead to a team that is consolidated into a unified entity, which is just what sports needs for its champions.
Along with these steps, be sure that you act as the role model for the children as well. As their coach in the youth league, the children will look up to you for example and inspiration. Once you manage to talk the talk and walk the walk, coaching the kids should be easy.