Parents should look out for the following and more importantly coaches must,
1-Encourage players to have strong minded attitudes which involve a “never say die” attitude and the infamous teeth clench.
2-Structure the players training programmes with realistic, achievable and progressive targets.
3-Recognise the player’s progression/ achievements with positive enthusiasm.
4-Advise and guide players on proper diet and training.
5-Convince players that their successes/victories are due to their own efforts, attitudes, persistence and training, not some random act of luck, chance or some magical wand or product.
6-Utilise appropriate, suitable and well balanced training drills.
7-Look the part and be a role model; always and I mean always display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
8-Concentrate on quality rather than quantity. Correct technique is a must at all times, not negotiable.
9-Treat all players equally and avoid favoritism. Do not spend more time on the “gifted” players.
10-Health and Safety of the players is paramount and sits above everything, including development, performance and winning.
11-Give your players the microphone. Encourage your players to ask questions and give feedback.
12-Accept responsibility for their well being and discourage inappropriate behaviour during training and even match days.
13-Concentrate on player’s posture and body language. Their faces usually give a good indication of how they feel.
14-Give all your players your undivided, equal attention.
For every “must” there are a number of “must not’s”.
Parents beware, coaches must not,
15-Criticise the physique of their players.
16-Give up on their players and lose faith.
17-Never tell your players their too slow or lack technical ability.
18-Encourage bad sportsmanship or to violate the rules of the game.
19-Promote or ignore the use of sport enhancing drugs or any banned substance.
20-Let the team or players think/ assume their success or win was due to luck or poor opposition.
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