10 Values Coaches Can Teach + 4 Things to Avoid
Coaches can inspire children to:
4. Be artistic
Coaches can also demand that their athletes exhibit:
6. Fair play
These characteristics are all integral to winning. Unfortunately, coaches can also teach athletes to:
1. Fear authority
2. Obey without question
3. Perform mechanically
4. To do whatever it takes to win
I believe it is time to come down hard on negative behavior and poor sportsmanship. Young athletes must be taught that how they play the game counts. Then, regardless of the outcome of the game, they will be true winners.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Laura Stamm of Laura Stamm Power Skating for this story. Kelly Anton, managing editor of the Grow the Game initiative, condensed and edited this story.