Helpful Tips for Coaches ►►
Once Your Team Has Been Established...
Contact your players as soon as possible to make them aware of your first practice (location, date, time)
Schedule a team meeting (during the 1st practice) with parents and players
What to Discuss at the Team Meeting:
Your goals for the season
Assistant coaches (get help!)
Team Mom/Dad - to help coordinate things such as distributing uniforms, planning post season banquets
Match uniform sizes to players before having name printed
Have a practice plan
Get a whistle
End practices promptly
Have players help clean up after practices and games
Never leave until you have personally seen each of your players with their parent or guardian
Always introduce yourself to referees and opposing coaches before games. Once the game begins, however, any communication between coaches should be done through the referee.
Stay Grounded (Never too high or too low)
ALWAYS SET A GOOD EXAMPLE - NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES!
"There is no such thing as a "5 year old athlete".
Young players are children who are beginning to form a framework in their mind
of what it means to be an athlete and to be part of a team in athletics.
The best thing you can do for them is to help them develop the foundaations of
that framework based in sportsmanship, teamwork, and positive attitude"
Other Useful links:
Coach David Akin's "Skills by age group" guideline