|Tips for Coaching Your Kids|
|By Gordon Morton '93|
Tips from sports psychologist K.C. Wilder ’89.
1) Find the Right Fit Instead of looking for the team with the
winningest record, search for the team that’s the best fit for your
child and for your family. College coaches are looking for outstanding
student-athletes, not necessarily athletes on teams with the best
3) Practice Matters Kids need to understand that staying focused in practice is the best way to learn the skills they’ll need at game time. Even boring, repetitive drills serve a purpose.
4) Internalize Motivation Encourage your child to play for the pure joy of playing, not for a trophy. Athletes who have a passion for their sport are the ones who achieve success in the long run.
5) Be a Positive Role Model Children who see their parents leading a healthy, active life engaged in activities that make them happy, excited, and confident will also stay active and play sports for fun.