It’s time. You are ready to enrol your little one into youth sports. This involves a lot of homework, asking friends and acquaintances about different programs available in the neighbourhood, finding out about good sports clubs and coaches and so much more. Here are some tips to help you choose the best Youth Sports program for your kid.
- IS THE COACH OR CLUB FOCUSING ON WINNING
For any youth sports program, or for any sports program for that matter, ‘winning’ is an important element. But a coach’s focus cannot be on winning, the focus has to be on development and learning. There is no specific phrase that will tell you the coach’s way of handling for sure, but you will have to make your judgement by what the coach or the club tells you. For instance, aggressively focusing on their success stories might be a sign that you need to move on.
- IS THE COACH OPEN TO COMMUNICATION
Most coaches detest parent interference. But at the same time they are also aware that parents are desperate for update on their child’s athletic skill development. Find out if the coach is open to communication. Ask if there are any parent-coach meetings, feedback or counselling sessions with the coach. Find out what procedure does the coach follow to settle parent or player grievances. Lastly, find out is the coach open to meeting up if a parent needs to.
- IS THE COACH ABOUT ALL GAME AND NO PLAY
There are coaches who are so obsessed with the game that strategising, practising and skill improvement is all they’ll do. They do not allow any flexibility. If this is the case. Kids have less focus and limited attention span. If there is no recreation, the kid will wear out very soon. Plus kids must have the flexibility to socialise or take time out every once in a while.
There are many other concerns you would have. It is recommended that you settle all your concerns before you commit to a coach or program. Since it’s not just your child’s athletic career that’s at stake, it’s also a huge time and money commitment also. So, take your time, settle your concerns, ask a lot of questions, observe before you choose the youth sport program for your kid.