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Coaching Young Athletes – It’s Not Business…It’s Personal

 

Young Athletes Need Support

Young Athletes

 

By Dave Gleason

 

The last month and a half I have been making more of a concerted effort to attend as many events that our AR Champions are involved in as possible. This includes sporting events, plays and concerts. I have quickly come to the realization that within reason – I need to do much more of this.
Why?

 

Quite simply the look on my young athletes faces when they see me, and the gracious comments from their parents, extolling how very excited their son or daughter is.

 

The games, activities, sets, reps and external loads we choose for our young athletes have obvious importance. Without our world-class long-term programming we do not distinguish ourselves from any other organization that serves young athletes.

 

The truth is that our program templates and endless list of exercises to plug in to those templates have little value if the overall experience we provide our athletes is not superior.

 

Keep in mind that beyond their athletic development, your young champions are developing from several different standpoints.
Bio-Socially – How they are responding to biological changes in their bodies including kinesthetic awareness and how they compare themselves to other children’s bodies.

 

Psycho-Socially – How their young minds are socially adjusting to learning new social skills, sportsmanship, fairness and the concept of efficacy (“what I can do”).

 

Cognitively – How and what their brains are storing information from new experiences.
All of these are factors that can break down and destroy confidence.

 

That said, the connections we make with our young athletes and their parents are the most important aspects of our business.

 

Coaching and mentoring young children comes at a cost. That cost is the value they place on you in their young lives. They look up to you, they admire you… they want your acceptance and praise. You become a very important part of their young lives.

 

Celebrating your young athletes outside of your facility is as easy as attending a tournament, a concert, an award ceremony, and even a personal event that you’ve been invited to such as a birthday party. Your attendance at these events will add to the culture of your AR, the strength of your AR family and the long-term health of your AR business.

 

The ramifications of your ability to network while being introduced to other parents and young athletes by your AR champion’s parents cannot be over stated. The levity of making your young champion feel special because you took the time to watch them perform is epic. The appreciation your AR parents display is a direct result of their realization that you care about their child(ren).

 

The opportunity to make your AR champions feel special will always begin within your program. Reaching outside that from time to time is a win – win for everyone!

 

Keep changing lives!

 

 

Sell ’em what they want, give them what they need!

 

 

by Ryan Ketchum

 

The more and more business coaching that I do for IYCA members, mastermind members, and franchisees the more I realize that our training philosophies and mindset sometimes get in the way of us running a great business.   I am prepared to be tarred and feathered, put in the stockades and any other form of medieval punishment that the loyal IYCA readers are going to put me through for delivering the message that I am about to write. 

 

Before you jump to conclusions and go into a tizzy about long term athletic development and building a training foundation I want you to read the entire message.  That is my challenge to you…

 

Before I really get into the idea of selling the customer what they want I have to start by saying that I am on your side.

 

Youth fitness and athletic development should be implemented with the long term development of the athlete in mind.   I am not claiming that you should run your programs any differently than this nor am I urging you to lie, cheat and steal from parents.

 

Take a deep breath and open up your mind for a bit because I am going to feel you in on a little secret that might change your youth fitness business forever!

 

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The Business of Coaching Young Athletes

 

 

Coaching Young Athletes Is Not Enough

It never stops amazing me how much ignorance floats around our
Coaching Young Athletes industry.

 

I really don’t mean that in a bad way, but the crassness of the
comment is something I need you to take note of.

 

 

"Just become a great Coach. That’s all you’ll ever need to make
a living in this field"

 

"Be the best Coach possible and clients will flock to you"

 

 

Are you fully aware how wrong and untrue that is?

 

Without question, becoming the very best Coach possible is THE
most important ingredient to you both doing right by this profession
and earning the kind of living your worth.

 

But without business skills, marketing knowledge and operating
systems, your career is literally doomed to fail.

 

Or at very least, you are 100% condemned to be paid by the hour
for your entire working life.

 

And while that may not sound horrible to you, it truly is.

 

What if you get ill and can’t work?

 

Where do you turn if the economy continues to sink and clients
just don’t have the funds to pay you anymore?

 

How can you build wealth and retire comfortably?

 

These are questions we never ask ourselves in this industry
and it drives me crazy.

 

We are highly trained and well-regarded professionals offering a
necessary service.

 

How can we continue to do the disservice of not taking our own Coaching Young Athletes
careers seriously?

 

Well there are some of us who recognize this and want to help
you change your fortunes.

 

 

:: Complete business operating systems
:: The ‘dream mentality’ that creates real success
:: Marketing secrets that work every time

 

 

Interested?

 

Click on the link below and see what I’m talking about –

 

http://tinyurl.com/fasttracktofitness

 

 

– Brian