The list of what you expect from the coach of your child’s youth team is long.
At the top of this list is likely the ability to instill character, confidence, and competitiveness. The coach should have knowledge of the strategy and techniques of the sport with the ability to teach it. You want them to have a positive attitude and possess the ability to instill belief when the chips are down. Coaches are counted on to understand how their players learn and the best ways to communicate with each of them individually. You want them to be organized, prepared, level-headed and fair.
Does the list go on? You bet it does. What you want is not all that it’s about, however.
It is understood that being the parent of a young athlete isn’t easy. It is so much more than shuttling your child from point A to point B and turning in fees and paperwork on time. Your emotions are tested as your own flesh and blood experiences triumph and tribulation, success and failure, victory and defeat.
Coaches understand all of this. What they want you to understand, however, is they have a list of needs from you as well.
The attached infographic highlights a comprehensive list of what coaches want and need from you as the parents of their athletes. As you read through for helpful reminders or are able to learn something new, keep in mind the role of youth sport coach is often a part-time gig. At the end of the day, you are expected to be understanding, set an example and be on your best behavior at all times.
To the parent who sits in the stands respectfully, enjoys themselves without a spike in their blood pressure, cheers for both teams and understands that everyone involved in youth sport is human; coaches all over the world thank and salute you!
Infographics used with permission of the BelievePerform Shop.