How To Teach A Lesson About Competitive Advantage In Youth Sports
You’ve all seen it. The kids come to the field late and are preparing to compete in a league or team within the school district. But what are they looking to gain, and how should the coach be working towards that goal? Here are a few basic takes on competitive advantage in youth sports 123
Which communication is the goal of all of this? It is winning. Most youth coaches hold information to a very low level. I use the word minimal as the kids don’t have the attention span to wait for the coach to introduce every topic. And if you get into the weeds with these types of topics they will quickly lose interest and drift away from the 123 game.
Teaching without working hard is ineffective. The kids aren’t going to keep your attention span if they don’t have to. So what do you do? Focus on guarding the weak spots.Defense has to be taught in its entirety. Even if you don’t know all the correct defensive plays, at least being able to show a defense you have confidence in is vital. To teach a kid the strong and weak spots on the defense is old hat for any coach.
As a coach, I once had a kid come to practice that had a basketball in his hand. I didn’t think he was ready to play until we got to the floor and began to work on the zone
Teamwork is a very important stress in youth sports. As a coach, every player needs to be in tune with the others on the team. They need to know what their weaknesses are. They also need to know the correct way of solving a particular problem or skill. We built a lean team during this period of the season. Once we started working on the other categories, the results poured in, around the same time.
Warding Off Defensive 419s
You have the ball. Your
opponent has the ball. The game is “over”. What do you do?If you have no special set of rules in place and no player rotation, you might contend with what rules and what plays (rewards) you’d like to run. If you don’t have the super-special ball, no one has the super-special unfair advantage. (This is where a certain amount of practice time is mandatory.) Sports
My habits have turned this into a conscious process:
I picture all the plays I want to run, write them down, then assign them to particular players. Before I even speak to the players about it, I already have in mind what Coach thinks about a particular play or series of plays and what penalties we may impose as a team. I then give that player and coach a set of rules and penalties to work with. I’m always in communication – speak to him the day before and speak to him a day or so ahead of the game. By ordering our rules before the game, I give him my 100% commitment, 100% immediate visibility and 100% trust. I do this for every single play I might be in, and I do this during every single practice session my team may be involved in.If a player does not want to abide by these rules, I firmly explain why and ask those players to return any tickets so that the team may have access to those specific rules and to use them as outlined.
It’s amazing what you can get someone to do simply by dropping a ball… Drop it and I’ll pick it up. Also, people watching kids play are an underrated skill.
I make sure they fully understand that the game and the ref have different game rules and no cheating via hand signal or hand gestures is acceptable. I even teach the kids about what to do right before the play begins – what I expect from all of my players, how I expect them to set up, what penalties I might impose, and what the ref is expecting and executing in this case. I’ve given this lesson for several years now and it’s always an effective way of teaching young players the right way to set up a play.
The players get the idea. I take thememo that I wrote about earlier, lay it on the table, and explain what it means.
SportsTeamwork is a very important stress in youth sports. As a coach, every player needs to be in tune with the others on the team. They need to know what their weaknesses are. They also need to know the correct way of solving a particular problem or skill. We built a lean team during this period of the season. Once we started working on the other categories, the results poured in, around the same time.