Post by sunshinepreps on Jun 22, 2005 12:30:19 GMT -6
I believe one of the biggest steps in building leadership with kids is for a coach to first lead by example.
It may sound simplified but what I mean by it is kids need to understand and have confidence that every time a coach asks or demands something out of a player, it is something that the coach would do themselves. If you ask a kid to run through a brick wall for you, they better know you would run through a brick wall for them. When the players feel this, the coach will be leading by example and as the kids do as the coaches ask, they are becoming leaders themselves as they set examples for teammates.
one aspect coaches have to deal with today possibly more so in the past is the decline of the family and the lack of leadership kids see at home,
so many of them don't have a clue, not just the ignorance of youth to deal with here, but bad habits and mores that came from MTV and other media sources that have supplanted the parental role in so many houses
so, besides setting the example like you said, we actually have to TEACH them, in a classroom setting, and then give them the expectations and consequences necessary to help them along the way
one thing young coaches need to keep in mind "some times being a leader means you have to piss someone off" colin powell
so true, so many things in life that kids get into and do are because they are "easy". That is one of the main reasons why football is THE best sport in the world. Teaches kids more about life and how to deal with it than any other sport. Coaches need to be able to get to know the kids but they need to stay objective enough to enforce discipline, even if it means making them do something they don't want to.
Post by sunshinepreps on Jun 22, 2005 12:49:06 GMT -6
I agree. The decline of family structure has forced coaches to take on a father figure role. It is why I have a great deal of repsect for coaches because you do not coach football in Florida for the money, you do it because the passion of football drives you as does the passion to work with kids.