Coaching skills 2 - give the kid's the best opportunity to improve?

Part 2





A sport's coaches successful coaching skills continued


Develop sportsmanship in coaching skills

Be a role modal . Be a good sport.

Winning brings enjoyment however it shouldn’t be the sole focus in kid’s sport. Find positives in all situations in sports games, and when coaching skills. Positive praise shouldn't be always linked to winning.

Teach your players sporting etiquette. Instruct your players to always respect the sport, the opposition, game officials and all spectators.


Aim High when coaching skills

a coach skill for sports gamesFocus the kids in sport on striving to achieve the best results possible from the skills and fitness levels they posses.

Achieving a PB is always the aim. Sports coaches need to assess and evaluate, early in the season, the ability of each individual and attempt to improve them.

Children need to be ‘challenged’ in order to improve. Don’t be worried about failure; it’s part of life. Support the athlete to stay positive and encourage them to strive for continual forward progression within their chosen sports games.

Your coaching skills should also improve as the season progresses. Practice makes perfect. Do some weekly research and introduce a new game skill each training session. The internet is full of sports specific coaching websites full of coaching resources.


Value Every bodies Contribution in sports games

Encourage the squad or team to support everyone. How does the saying go, ‘a team that plays together stays together’. 'There is no I in team'.

Athletes need to feel they have support from you and parents. This support allows them to improve at an increased rate. Failure is ok.


Reward Effort and Improvement

This is easy when all the above coaching characteristics are present. You will naturally heap praise on sports kids for trying their best. The kids want to please you in the sports games.

Kids just want you to notice!

Comment positively on their efforts whether they succeed or fail. Remember the goals of kids in sports; maximum FUN and PARTICIPATION.


Coaching your own Child

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Sports coaches comment often how they are always harder on their own children than all the others in the squad or team. Be aware of how you are treating your own child in the team. Ideally they should receive the exact same treatment as everyone else.

Be careful of favoring your child. Sports coaches can get themselves into a bit of bother over team selections and game day decisions. You actions need to be consistent and transparent when dealing with your own kids.

Try to remember they are part of your squad or team and your family relationship should not cloud your expectations of them. As stated above treat them exactly the same as your other athletes.

The sports kids will thank you for taking on the coaching role. Coaching skills is a work in progress. Situations and circumstances are ever changing when working within kid’s sports.

Remain flexible but confident, consistent but fun loving, and remember ‘you’re going to have a good time right!’. You should be nodding your head.


Good luck

What's next?

How do I organize a training program for the season?

How do I organize a training session?

Where can I find coaching resources and equipment?



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Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field and Triathlon all rely on the junior athlete having advanced endurance development.

Endurance training for kids requires variety in training sessions.

Below are two very informative coaching resources to help the sports coach provide effective yet fun and enjoyable training programs.

Total Training for Young Champions

Endurance training for kids

Athletic Fitness for Kids

Endurance training for kids


More Kids Running Cross Country information here

More information about Kids Swim Training here

More Triathlon for Kids information here





Gymboss Interval Timers are the best way to time intervals during training sessions

kids endurance training exercises