Youth Sports Coaching 101 – Mistakes I’ve Seen

Youth sports coaches.

Youth sports coaches are also known as the men and women who volunteer their time to make lives better for young athletes. Most of these volunteers are former players, some from the high school or even college level. It’s an honorable sacrifice and we should all remember that before we begin to criticize.

However, my experience as a youth sports coach has allowed me to observe many coaches conducting practices, games, post-game speeches, and clinics. As I’ve now coached in Washington, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and 4 different counties in Ohio, I’ve watched many practices and games conducted where the athletes did not improve due to ineffective and damaging coaching. Below is the short list of most common/most damaging teaching practices and techniques used by youth coaches.

1. Wasting Time. Having young kids stand around while others conduct the drill or while the coach incessantly talks, kills their motivation and bores them. Remember that most of these students have been in a classroom all day before practice. If you spend time “lecturing,” how interested do you really think they’ll be? Then, the coach turns around and chews the kid out for making a