how to be a good youth sports coach insports centers

Coaching a local youth sports team can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you will ever encounter, but it isn’t easy. Here are ten tips to help ease the load on first-time coaches:


  1. Safety first. The safety of your athletes should always be your top priority. Teach them the importance of protective equipment, proper playing technique, hydration, and warming up before physical activity. 
  2. Be patient. Remember that you are coaching children. This isn’t the big leagues, and mistakes are going to be made. All you can do is not get frustrated by these mistakes, and use them as a teaching opportunity. 
  3. Prioritize team-building. Emphasize the importance of teamwork and the concept that no one player is bigger than the team, no matter how good they are. Hosting a team party at your house is a great way to bring your players together.  
  4. Focus on fundamentals. You aren’t going to teach your kids advanced techniques at such a young age. The best you can do is instill the fundamentals to prevent injuries and set them up for future success. 
  5. Communicate your expectations. What are your expectations for the season? Do you want to win the championship, or just make sure your players are having fun? Whatever your goal is, communicate it to your players and their parents. 
  6. Teach sportsmanship. Young kids are very impressionable; make sure to teach them the importance of good sportsmanship and integrity. 
  7. Be mindful of your parent-child relationship. If you are coaching your child’s team, it is important not to let your relationship as a parent alter your relationship as a coach. Hold them to the same exact standard as every other player — not any higher or lower. 
  8. End practices on a positive note. No matter how good or bad the practice went, always end it on a positive note and send your team home with good thoughts. This little detail can make a big difference. 
  9. Connect with your athletes on an individual level. Do your best to connect with all of your players individually. Learn their names, learn their tendencies, learn which coaching techniques work with them and which ones don’t. This will ultimately lead to an easier and much more enjoyable experience as a coach. 
  10. Be a good role model. You aren’t just a coach to these young players — you are one of their primary role models. Make sure you are giving them something good to look up to.

Insports Centers is the #1 youth sports facility in southern Connecticut. Our 110,000 square foot indoor facility can accommodate any sport you can imagine. We host year-round leagues, tournaments, camps, clinics, and instructional programs for children as young as two-years old. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at (203) 268-1214.