The Biggest Problem In Youth Sports
Bob brought up many great points throughout this audio interview. Here are a few of the main ones:
The biggest challenge is to get the adult ego out of youth sports.
When the adults' needs of winning trumps the children's needs of playing, competing, and having fun, it's not a good scenario. The structures and infrastructures revolves around the adult's need to win and this leads to many other problems such as parents fighting, kids getting burned out, etc.
Solutions to getting the adult ego out of youth sports.
Silent sidelines for parents where you could not yell at the children. A Norther Ohio girls soccer league decided to start silent sidelines about 10 years ago.
Silent sidelines for coaches. Annapolis, MD then instituted this for the parents and the coaches. Kids can not hear nor process most of the coaching instruction anyways.
Take the score off of the scoreboard.
If everybody can see the score, the natural adult tendency is to coach the score, rather than the process. All great coaches will tell you to coach the process, not the outcome. If you think the score is important, let the kids keep score.
Sometimes, you will win by 2 points against a very bad team and lose by 2 points to a far superior team. And you're most upset about the game you lost. So you're happy when you play poorly and mad when you played great.
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