THE ROLE OF COACHES:

Coaches, from recreational to elite level, and at every level in between, play a crucial role in the lives of young people. Coaches can be teachers, mentors, friends, role models, confidantes, counselors, mediators, and much, much more. In the words of the wise, beloved, and crazy successful basketball player and coach, John Wooden:

Profound responsibilities come with teaching and coaching. You can do so much good – or harm. It’s why I believe that next to parenting, teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world.

Wooden also professed that “Young people need models, not critics…” The level of respect a coach shows (or doesn’t show) a young athlete can set the foundation for an athlete’s self worth for the rest of his or her life. Yes, that’s a huge responsibility. We daresay it’s a sacred responsibility.

GOOD ADVICE, AND LOTS OF IT:

We’ll share articles, stories and tips for making the most of the opportunity to play the all-important role of coach. An excellent resource for coaches and parents of kids in all sports is the Positive Coaches Alliance (PCA), a national nonprofit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Their objective? Fostering the “Double-Goal” Coach, who strives to win while pursuing the more-important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.

SPORTSMANSHIP IN ACTION:

The Wide World of Good Sports by Edie Morgan takes a look at good sportsmanship in action, and shows how players, parents, fans and coaches can encourage it.

STAY TUNED:

We’ll share articles, stories and tips from PCA and other coaching sages to help you make the most of your opportunity to play the all-important role of coach. Want more? Sign up for Talking Points, free weekly coaching tips delivered right to your inbox.

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