Sunday, 19 May 2019

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A Coach’s Moral Duty


 

Coaching young kids is a huge responsibility. As a coach, you are not just responsible for nurturing young talent in sports, but you are also helping the child become a person. All the ethics, values, virtues and traits that go in today, will form the foundation for tomorrow. Positive coaching and supportive mentoring help kids become better individuals in school, in social circles and in life. Moreover, kids only relate to positive coaching, it’s mostly the adults who are bothered about wins and losses.

For coaches who understand and relate to this, here are a few pointers that will help you become the kind of coach that helps bring up smart, focused and disciplined individuals and not just good players.

Praise

Praise kids for their tact when they win. Praise kids for their talent when they achieve something. Praise kids for their hard work when they lose. Praise kids for their endurance when they lose repeatedly. Praise the kid for choosing to play and not sit in front of a screen. Praise kids for their commitment to sports. Praise kids for not idling their time. praise kids for being a part of the team. Taking up sports is a brave choice in this age. There’s immense competition. There’s bullying. The world of internet is so tempting. A child who chooses to stay away from all this and take up sports, deserves praise.

Let kids learn

A good coach doesn’t point out mistakes but motivates kids to learn from their mistakes. When something goes wrong in the field, most often than not, kids realize their own mistake and are aware of it. If an adult, be it coach or parent, confronts them about the mistake, the child becomes defensive. But if the adult calmly interacts with the child, the child would be willing to accept it and take the lesson from the mistake. A good coach must motivate kids to see mistakes as an opportunity to learn.

Respect

A positive coach treats kids with respect. Do not ridicule or put-down the child, even if the child commits a mistake. A child scarred with verbal and emotional abuse or harassment is most like to be scarred for life. the scar becomes a part of their personality, affecting them in all walks of life.

Do not over expect



Most kids strive most of their childhood trying to live up to the expectations of adults, their teachers, parents, coaches. A good coach see the child’s capability realistically. A good coach understands that not every child has the same skill set and not every child needs to excel in the game. A good coach understands that not every child playing with him is going to enroll for pro sports. A good coach understands that most kids are playing because their parents enrolled them.

Make the game fun

Kids love to play because they have fun. If the game is no more fun, kids lose interest and drop out from youth sports. When asked, the number one reason for kids joining sports is ‘having fun’, ‘winning’ is on their parents’ list. Take the team out for ice-cream. Take them on a biking trip, a camping trip together. Play matches that are just for fun and not a competition.

Be a role model

A good coach believes leading by example and not just preaching. A good coach is a role model for sportsmanship and team spirit. A good coach shows kids how to keep emotions in control, by not being hyper either about losing or winning. A good coach stays calm. A good coach doesn’t overreact and loose his cool, not to mistakes, not to losses not to opponent team, not in the heat of the moment. A good coach’s positivity inspires young athletes to become calm, composed, disciplined and focused.







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