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10 reasons to be a coach

Steve Jenkins - Thursday, August 06, 2015

All grass roots coaches have experienced the first ever solo coaching session. I was very terrified. 

Do I have the knowledge of the game ? 

Can I keep the children absorbed ? 

Do I have the temperament ?


Looking back,  it is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have been doing it for nearly 20 years and I have had a great time

Here are 10 reasons why you should take the plunge. - * implies you coach your own Child

  • An opportunity to spend time with your own children *
The norm is to drop off you your child for training return some time later and take them home. At weekends, watch as many games as you can. The majority of the time they are there, it is without you. As the coach you spend time and see it all.

  • The bond between Parent and Child - What it means to your own children*
Coaching your own child comes with its own series of challenges that you do need to be prepared for (the subject of a later post). The fact that you gave the time and the effort to an activity - primarily for your own child - is a good thing to do for your relationship.

  • Sharing the joys and disappointments
We all like to win and we are all disappointed when we lose - particularly the close games. Helping the children deal with this is a mature and dignified way is a valuable and important part of coaching. Helping them understand its how they play that counts.

  • Learning more about the game
You don't have to be an expert - and there will be parents who know more about "the game" than you. It is unlikely they will know more about coaching children. It's important that you understand the main components of the game - a good coach will continue to learn. You start to watch the game differently

  • Exercise
Whether you join in or not you are out in the fresh air and it will provide some exercise - its good for you and your family want you to look after yourself.

  • An outlet
Work life and even home life can be stressful for many reasons. Having an activity where you can completely switch off is a great way to help in those other areas of life.

  • Other children - learning about what makes them unique
Children are not different, they are all unique. What works for one does not necessarily work for another. You get an understanding of how they learn - do they need showing or do they just want to try if it for themselves? Behaviour varies enormously. You also learn how your style and personality affect them.

  • Personal, Parental and professional development
Coaching children will from time to time take you out of your comfort zone - you will do a lot of soul-searching and learn a lot about yourself. Seeing how other children behave and your interaction with them gives you more input and experience to use as a parent. Techniques and processes you use at work or those you use with the children are interchangeable

  • Giving back to the community
Our communities depend on volunteering. You can have a positive impact on many children helping them develop into responsible adults who may well follow in your coaching footsteps

  • You can be a child again
This is my favourite - playing silly games telling terrible jokes - although many of us do this anyway, children appreciate it and don't judge us.

Next Post - 10 excuses not to coach

Comments
Jules commented on 09-Sep-2016 08:04 PM
Hi steve
i totaly agree that the best reason to be a coach is to be a child again
Regards

Jules
Dofus Game commented on 11-Mar-2017 01:05 PM
Shared on facebook, thajk you very much!! :)

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