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Readers Respond: Best Advice for a New Volunteer Coach

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Updated November 19, 2012

Do you have experience as a volunteer coach for youth sports? Help a new volunteer coach by sharing your tips and knowledge. For a first-timer, coaching can be intimidating, even when your athletes are kindergartners! What strategies did you use a volunteer coach to help motivate kids, ensure fair play, stay organized, and help everyone have fun? Share Your Advice

Every kid is different...

The job of a volunteer coach is hard, but it is important to remember that not every child has the best skills. Some are there to learn, not be all stars, or to gain a working knowledge of playing on a team. There is just as much value in that lesson as in winning.
—Guest MomofMany

It's Not About Winning

Remember, it's not about winning. If you're so focused on getting the best players in the game, you could be ruining the fun of sports for the kids you keep on the bench. This is especially true for younger children who may be playing a sport for the very first time. Rotate players out evenly so everyone gets their fair share of play time. And, no matter what, encourage them with "Great job!" and "Good try!" You can be a wonderful influence on these children who they remember for a lifetime!
—Guest MomOfBoys

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