Kids Coaching is so Rewarding
Robert was a born leader.
Not the most gifted athlete in the world.
Not the strongest kid in the weight room.
And certainly not the fastest guy on the field.
But he was captain of the #2 ranked high school football team
in Illinois and a three year varsity starter for one reason….
He elevated the work ethic of his teammates.
And he did so without words.
Robert just flat-out worked hard.
Every moment in practice and games.
And when you’re around a guy like that, it’s hard not to look in the
mirror and want to work harder yourself.
I’ll go on record as saying that the two consecutive trips we made as
a team to the state quarterfinals were due in large part to Robert.
Four starting offensive players went on to Division One football
scholarships after there senior seasons.
Five more from the defensive side of the ball.
Truly, this team was talent personified.
But Robert, the undersized and under skilled offensive lineman was
the real cog and catalyst.
Now, you may be assuming that what I learned from him was something
to do within the realm of "leadership" or "work ethic".
But that’s not what Robert taught me.
What he did offer as a valuable lesson however, was the power of
knowing what NOT to say.
"The Man" in the locker room and on the field.
And barely a word ever came out of him.
It’s the pat on the back he would give his running back for making a
great cut and springing a 40 yard run.
The look he would give another offensive lineman if he didn’t feel as
though their block was as aggressive or complete as it could have been
on the last play.
The way he swaggered towards the ball when the huddle broke, as if telling
the opposing teams defense that a big play was coming and he wasn’t
about to let them stop him.
He inspired and bred confidence through our entire team and coaching
And he did it without saying a word.
Robert taught me that my non-verbal cues were dramatically more
important than what I said in many coaching situations.
How to convey trust and reassurance to a shy, insecure young athlete
without having to put them on the spot in front of their teammates by
telling them that everything was going to be OK and that I appreciated
How to validate and praise a successful lift or well executed movement
pattern without sounding like a "cheerleader" or coming off as insincere.
Think these things are moot points?
I’ve been saying this for 10 years now –
Programming is the SCIENCE
But kids Coaching is the ART
That’s why the "Art of Coaching" portion of the Youth Fitness
Specialist Level 1 certification has widely become the most popular
and groundbreaking portion of the entire IYCA Educational System.
The Art of Coaching is paramount to your success and the success
your young athletes.
I learned the importance of it from a teenager who lead his team better
than anyone else I have ever seen at any level of sport.
Thank you sincerely, Robert.
I owe you big time.
Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you about Justin.
An overweight and un-athletic kid who became the hero of his baseball
team because he understood something I didn’t…