Adults would never send their kids off to school if the teachers were not properly trained, yet, they do it with their youth sports coaches. The time has come for the central figures in youth sports – the coaches – to take charge and make a positive difference in kids’ lives. This is the youth coaching training that has been missing. This book contains the forward-thinking techniques that will bring enjoyment back to the games for all – athletes, parents, and coaches. Using his coaching experience, heartfelt personal stories, and thoughtful analysis of the teaching methods of all the greats in coaching, the author provides the answers.
Perconte, who coaches softball and baseball, has written a thoughtful guide for the “countless kindhearted people” who are trying to coach and inspire athletes in youth sports, which he believes are becoming less about having fun and more about winning. “The focus on winning at the youth level now rivals the intensity of the professional ranks,” he writes. He argues that young athletes are dropping out of participating in youth sports due to this high-anxiety environment and because many youth coaches “fail to inspire both youth and parents.” To counter this, Perconte provides a step-by-step plan for coaches to help athletes achieve and, at the same time, “keep the excitement in and the stress out of games.” He explains how to draw up a personal coaching philosophy that encourages patience with all youths, regardless of different interest and motivation levels; how to create a practice environment that reminds athletes that “the journey is what’s important”; and how to develop and maintain a leadership style that displays “self-control, consistency, enthusiasm” while remembering “to always put the kids first.” This is a valuable resource for parents and coaches of youth sports. (BookLife)