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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Points to consider before becoming a Volunteer Youth Coach

Hi, once again. Today, I would like to blog about the responsibilities preparing to be a coach, and the things that you should consider prior to, becoming or applying for that position.
First of all, the most important point is that you have to be passionate about the sport that you will be coaching. Do it because you love it, not because you feel obligated to become involved for whatever reason, but for your true love of the game. Be enthusiastic and positive and you'll find it becomes contagious with the people and players that are around you. Understand that there is as much work outside of the activity as there is in it. Administrative paperwork, registrations, team and league meetings are time consuming for a volunteer and can be costly at times. You almost have to look at your coaching assignment as being a hobby. Like all hobbies that we enjoy, they do in the end cost money, but all in all the enjoyment that we get out of it is worth the cost associated with it. In some coaching assignments, one can be reimbursed for their costs, however, for the most part; a volunteer youth coach receives little or no compensation. Understand that you will be dealing with a lot more than your players. There will be issues at times, questions to answer, happy and unhappy parents, fans, grandparents, etc. Accept the fact that the role of the coach will have its ups and downs and you will never make everybody happy. For the most part if you can keep the majority happy most of the time you're doing a good job!


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