It's important to be aware of the responsibilities as a Coach. Take time to read through the provided material to fully prepare yourself for the upcoming season.
Good coaching guidelines:
- Build a relationship: Building a foundation of mutual respect with each child allows them to put trust in you.
- Challenge them: Making the children think about different scenarios, allows them to get a better idea of the game and vision that you see as the Coach.
- Support and encourage: The children look up to Coaches as mentors and role models. Drive their passion and celebrate their results.
- Drive results: Successful coaches set goals for their team and make it a point to keep working towards them.
Other helpful coaching tools:
Cold muscles are prone to injuries, so it is important to properly prepare the children for competition.
- Start with a slow jog around the area- do things like skip and hop intermittently
- Slow down and gather the children together, stretching the calves/hamstrings/quads/hips/arms
- Have the children do lunges, high skips, arm circles, and high knees together as a group
- The goal of these exercises are to prepare the children for competition and elevate their heart rates
This is just as important as the warm-up. The cool-down allows the children to prevent muscle cramps and pain/stiffness later on after competition. This should be done closely after the competition has ended.
- Start with a very slow jog
- Stretch out any sore muscles
- Engage the children in conversation during this period about the game/practice
- Have the children drink adequate amounts of water to prevent dehydration and muscle cramping