Coaching youth sports is not just about winning or losing or even teaching all of the skills that children and young people need in order to be successful out on the court or field. One of the main goals of any coach who coaches children is to help teach them about the importance of responsibility. Coaches are in a unique position to help influence a child life in a special way and add on to the groundwork already being laid down by parents. You can help equip the young people on your team with skills and values that will not only help them succeed on the field but also help them succeed in the work place and in their social lives as well.
One of the most important elements of youth sports is practice sessions. Practice sessions are a perfect opportunity to teach the kids the responsibility of being prompt and on time. As these kids grow and mature, they will one day have to take full responsibility for themselves and must be able to get themselves to work each and every day on time without being prodded. Teaching children the value of being on time can really take root with sports practice times. Make sure that you stress how important it is to be on time and that those who are late cause the whole team to suffer and get behind. This helps children to understand that their being late does not only affect them, but it can drag the entire team with them. When these children are grown and in the workplace, many of them will be part of teams where they will make valuable contributions. Not being on time can put the workforce team behind schedule and can cost a company clients.
Along with youth sports teaching young people the importance and value of being prompt, it is also a good time to teach them how to take on certain roles and responsibilities. Each player on a youth sports team has a unique position that has unique responsibilities that come with it. Those who do their part and fulfill their responsibilities help bring the team together and help the team move toward their goal of winning the game. The same can be said for being involved in the work force. When each person fulfills the position and responsibilities they are given, the team will function smoothly, and the company moves toward greater success. Take each opportunity you have as a coach to instill these values so that your kids will be successful in all of life.