Young Athletes and the qualifications needed to train them
I started my career by training nothing but Olympic Champions, National Team Competitors and Professionals Athletes.
But what I came to realize is that none of those experiences made me qualified to train young athletes. Neither would I be qualified if I had an Olympic Medal around my neck or a Super Bowl ring on my index finger.
We constantly mistake ‘big names’ or ‘big credentials’ as qualified.
Let me put it this way… The most impressive and decorated mathematician at NASA is a literal genius with the topic of math, but would you really think them qualified and ideal to teach your 7 year old son how to multiply?
Success in sport or at the highest level of Coaching doesn’t mean that one is suited to understand and be fluent in the unique sciences of youth sports training. Seek experience and education pertaining to the specialty at hand – not glitz and glamour.
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For years, I have had to put up with youth sport coaches and parents echoing the words and mimicking the behaviors of successful coaches such as Vince Lombardi and Mike Ditka.
You can’t argue with the success those guys had.
But do you really think that yelling at 10-year old football players for making a ‘bad play’ or chastising 12-year old soccer players for ‘missing a shot’ is the best and most sane way to coach kids?
Unfortunately, my arguments have fallen on deaf ears more than once over the past decade.
I just couldn’t make youth sport coaches realize that aggressive and negative behavior can be damaging to young athletes, and that a primary reason why so many kids drop out of sports at an early age is because of the often abusive treatments they get from their coaches.