Most youth coaches are father’s, ex-high school athletes who think because they were good athletes they think they could coach a team to be successful, or someone who saw a football game and like the way the team looked. Our youth program has many big hearted fathers who DIDN’T PLAY in high school!
None of this matters as long as they have these basic pre-requisites:
(1) Love the kids. Be in it for the kids. Not your ego.
(2) Be prepared. Have a plan.
(3) Be willing to learn. None of us have the answers, but successful people always learn from others.
The average youth coach will spend four to five days a week on the field for practice for at least ten weeks. He will work his job to provide for his family, cut his lawn once a week and he will think that won’t affect his team. Most youth coaches main goal is just clearing the 10-15 hours a week into their schedule to show up.
Showing Up is Important. A recent study of the most successful people in business & sports listed “SHOWING UP” as the #1 trait required to be successful.
So it is understandable why it is so hard for the youth coach who gets off work at 5pm and is rushing to a 6pm practice to show up unprepared and “winging it”. But great reasons can’t become excuses. The kids deserve more and if you’re reading this, you obviously are interested in getting better.
Find the time to prepare!
Being prepared will make the difference in being the average coach or a great coach. I’m sure you would not go into work and just wing it. Having a plan will greatly benefit you and your team in becoming a Championship coach!