Coach Brad · Development · Education · Leadership

Coaching Philosophy – Why Do You Coach?

A coaching philosophy clarifies the fundamental reason for coaching and the coach’s core values. This statement should identify and spell out three items: The main purpose for coaching Personal values Leadership style Your coaching philosophy dictates why you do anything and everything within your team and program structure. A full understanding of the philosophy will… Continue reading Coaching Philosophy – Why Do You Coach?

Coach Brad · Coaching · Education · Leadership · Youth Sports

Innovate Youth Sports

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek What could be the future of innovation for youth sports? No preference for the impact of positive or negative…simply how will youth sports innovate. My personal thoughts include ideas that could include: Flying… Continue reading Innovate Youth Sports

Coach Brad · Leadership · Youth Soccer Development · Youth Sports

Successful Organizations Plan for Success

With more than an estimated 41 million American children participating in competitive formalized sports, the social system of youth sports has become more complex with the increased involvement of parents and other adult administrators and coaches (Hilgers, 2006). While the programs will continue to grow into the future, it is vital to find a way that the… Continue reading Successful Organizations Plan for Success

Coach Brad · Education · Leadership · Youth Soccer Development · Youth Sports

Creating Family Buy-In Within Youth Sport Organizations

The youth sport organization that can create an inviting atmosphere for families will have increased long term success in accomplishing a culture of togetherness throughout the entire group. This closeness will promote increased commitment to the organization, the team, the coaches, and other families which will encourage teams to stay together over the long term. Other benefits include families and participants… Continue reading Creating Family Buy-In Within Youth Sport Organizations

Coach Brad · Development · Education · Leadership · Youth Sports

Player Growth Through Coaching

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Two weeks ago, I had a fabulous opportunity to direct a soccer camp that featured participants between the ages of 4 and 14. With a smaller enrollment, we were able to focus intentionally on skill development with the older group for the first few hours… Continue reading Player Growth Through Coaching

Coach Brad · Coaching · Development · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Youth Sports

The Appropriate Sports Environment

As a coach of sports for youth participants, it is paramount that we create an environment that supports personal success that is associated with a variety of positive outcomes including increased effort and intrinsic motivation. Lockwood and Perlman (2008) suggest that coaches should ask the following questions in order to develop the appropriate sports environment:… Continue reading The Appropriate Sports Environment

Coach Brad · Coaching · Development · Leadership · Success · Youth Sports

Praise the Process of Player Development

Player development and winning when put in the appropriate perspective for a youth athlete have an opportunity to work together to create the desired environment. The outcome for this type of environment is a love for training, player development, having fun, and passion for participation. Unfortunately, this practice which is accepted throughout the world is often… Continue reading Praise the Process of Player Development

Coach Brad · Coaching · Education · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Success · Youth Sports

3 Ways to Make Youth Sports Significant for the Participant

As players throughout the country begin to train and play games in their respective spring sports, three ideas should be front and center for all coaches and parents (and one of them is not winning). These ideas are transformational youth sport truths and if established on your team or with your group at any level, success… Continue reading 3 Ways to Make Youth Sports Significant for the Participant

Coach Brad · Education · Intentional Positive Interaction · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Success · Youth Sports

Positivity Inspires Positivity

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that literally saves their lives. Anthony Robbins – Motivational Speaker The coach that continually provides feedback to players by always telling them… Continue reading Positivity Inspires Positivity

Coach Brad · Coaching · Development · Education · Leadership · Success · Youth Sports

The Growth of a Coach -Evaluation Sets the Stage for Success

Does the youth sports club you are affiliated with as a coach or parent provide feedback and organized evaluations for the coaches working within the organization? Improving the ability of a coach to provide education and create positive relationships during training and games directly effects the growth and passion of the participants. Providing the coach with… Continue reading The Growth of a Coach -Evaluation Sets the Stage for Success