A Message From the Youngsville Sports Complex
There are very few people who can have as profound an IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF YOUNGSTERS as their youth league coach. You will have an impact on every one of your players. Only you can determine what that impact will be.
The right system will enable you to plan effective, exciting instructional programs, approach the season committed to IMPROVING EVERY PLAYER’S SKILL instead of the team’s record of wins, PRAISE THE EFFORTS of your players abundantly instead of the results, make a genuine effort to understand why each player is there and attempt to satisfy each of those needs, and finally make every player feel good about themselves because of their involvement on your team. You will provide their players with an experience they will cherish their entire life.
It is extremely important that you keep focused on the purpose for youth sports programs. They exist to provide young players the opportunity to develop the confidence and self-esteem that will allow them to continue participating successfully at each level of play and life. While winning is important in today’s society, it is clearly not an important motivator for young players and an overemphasis on winning frequently results in players finding alternatives to sports as a means to enhance their self-esteem. We must use everything a player does as an opportunity to enhance his or her self-esteem. Every swing of the bat is a GREAT SWING. Every missed fly ball is a chance to praise the player for his or her attempt for hustle after the play. Every overthrow is an opportunity to praise their arm strength. There will be very few things that happen in this game that won’t produce an opportunity to praise as long as your outlook is positive and the player’s self-esteem is your highest priority. Make each one feel good about themselves and we will keep playing the game. As long as your approach is positive, your preparation is thorough, your commitment to development is strong, and you are more concerned with satisfying each youngster’s need than protecting your own EGO, this will be one of the most rewarding experiences you and your players will ever have.
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