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Youth Sports – Six Tips on How to Be a Coach Kids Love to Play For

In my lifetime, I have spent over 40 years around sports including youth sports. My dad was president of our local Little League for two years and now I coach AYSO soccer and Little League Baseball. In all that time, I have had many opportunities to watch many dads coaching kids on the field. Mostly, they act like frustrated would be but never were has bins playing GI Joe with live action figures, namely their sons. These are the coaches who no one wants to play for. In that time, I have also observed a small few men for whom the kids wanted to play. This article outlines five tips for how to be a coach kids want to play for.

Care More about the Kids than the Game

Many boys and girls love to play sports. They are natural athletes who want to compete on the ball field. However, before they will give you their best effort, they want to know if you care more about them than the game. Many youth coaches treat every game like the World Series and every season as if it was the only thing that mattered on the earth. In one league I recently observed, the coach was more concerned about beating another coach than how the child might be coping with their dad in the hospital. Youth sports are about the kids not the final score on the scoreboard.

Greet Every Team Member When They Arrive and Say Good Bye Before They Leave

Apart of showing how much you care is greeting each player when they arrive and before they depart the field. Find some way to give them either a high five or talk them up verbally at both ends of a game or practice. Some coaches get wrapped up in the stars of the team, and neglect those who do not play well. Reaching out to every kid will draw them into the team and drive them to want to put out their best effort.

Remember That the Ultimate Goal is for the Kids to Have and Enjoy the Experience

Youth Sports can teach children so many life lessons. Yet, many parent coaches think the main goal is to win the league championship. This is not the main purpose of youth sports. The main purpose is to create a long-term appetite for the game. Kids will only comeback if they are had fun and enjoyed the experience. When they are treated like pawns in some super dad’s fantasy to win at all costs, they will feel used and abused and eventually say, Thanks, but no thanks.”

Break Practice into Fast Action Activities That Teach Fundamentals and Skills

All the above being said, a good coach teaches the kids how to play the game. Making practices fun and exciting does not mean ignoring the fundamentals. Kids want to succeed. They want to have a chance to contribute and win. Being a coach kids want to play for means learning how to teach kids how to play the game. Unfortunately, many kids get bored at our same place, same thing practices. This is the video age. In order to capture the kids attention break practice into centers with three or four kids at each center; then make batting practice a time to practice game situations in the field.

Be a Cheerleader Not a Bull Whip

Kids have enough negative feedback in life. If you want them to respect you as a coach, be a cheerleader. Believe in your heart that even the least capable player and learn to play well and contribute to the team. Take seriously the idea of giving five positive comments to every negative criticism.

Use Positive, Constructive Discipline

Many Little League and AYSO coaches are stuck in the days of Woody Hayes and Bobby Knight. They think that the best way to get kids to play well is to make them. Their form of discipline is to berate the kids with vicious verbal abuse and hit harder line drives at them. They rationalize such language and behavior is okay because it is their kid and it makes them tougher.

On the flip side, the answer is neither to ignore bad or disrespectful behavior nor to allow kids to run wild. A good coach is not soft. He or she is firm but not overbearing. And, the kids want boundaries. They will push the limits and when the limits are enforced firmly without harassment. Use positive and constructive discipline and the kids will endear themselves to you.

Youth sports are meant to be fun. Kids want to learn how to play in a safe environment. They want to know that they are more important than the game and want to be taught how to thrive to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, coaches try to pound their message into the kids’ heads with a sledge hammer, causing kids to lose interest in the game. This article has discussed five tips to being a coach kids want to play for.

The 3 Best Personal Finance Games For Kids

They say that the best time to learn is when you’re young and you can teach your kids about personal finance today in a fun and educational manner. The best thing is that kids are always asking you for games to play to keep them entertained and there’s nothing better than learning while having fun. This article gives a rundown of the 3 best games kids can play to learn about personal finance.

1. Monopoly – a legendary and highly educational board games. As adults we probably played this game ourselves in our younger days and had heaps of fun. The money lessons from this game are still relevant today. Kids are forced to make decisions as to whether to buy or sell property and then as their financial situation changes, make further decisions. We, as adults, make financial decisions everyday and so it’s great that kids get exposed to that early.

2. Game of Life – a more modern game, yet still very educational. If you haven’t heard about the game, it explores the decisions we make and the paths we take in life. Eventually, the amount of money that we earn gets affected and you learn how to manage this. The closest thing to a real life game.

3. Cash Flow For Kids – invented by financial expert and motivational speaker, Robert Kiyosaki, it is probably the first game ever invented with the goal of making children more financially literate. It introduces kids to the concept of assets and liabilities as well as passive income. Probably the best game for kids out there today.

Whatever you decide to do, you must try to financially educate your kids from a young age. You may use other means with which to do this, but there’s probably nothing more exciting than personal finance games for your kids.

Video Games for Kids

Many of the most popular video games may be a bad choice for kids. When parents are deciding which video game to buy for their children, make sure to check the rating for the game. There are an incredible amount of choices for parents and kids to choose from when it comes time to buy a game. Unfortunately, many video games out there can be a bad influence for kids who don’t understand the images that they are seeing.

While video games can be an excellent outlet for stress for kids and an excellent way to hone their motor skills, there is a real risk that children can get completely addicted to violent games or even the most mundane strategy game. There have been many cases around the world of kids who are unwilling to leave their room for days, who go without food and water in their quest to finish the next stage of the game or defeat their enemy.

When kids lose themselves in video games, that is when parents need to step in and help them modify their habits. Kids playing violent games for hours during the day can often be negatively affected by the images they see. The question is whether parents can help them understand the real consequences of violence in the world. They need to know the difference between the fake world of a video game and the real world. Unfortunately, video games are becoming even more realistic looking and time consuming.

Parents can also rent video games and try them out for themselves before buying them for their kids. This gives parents the chance to decide for themselves which games are bad for their kids. Parents can also play games with their kids. It can be a great way to bond with kids and learn a little more about their world. Children should be limited in the amount of time they can spend on video games. Kids need to get out and enjoy the outside world instead of being locked away inside for hours on end.

There are many excellent video games out there, so why waste your hard-earned money on bad games for your kids. Strategy games, non-violent role playing video games, and sports games are all popular choices for children. Video games can have a very positive effect on children’s minds if used properly. Video games help kids work on their motor skills, decision-making skills, and concentration. Many games are also very educational.

One great tool to help you is the ESRB ratings, which are an industry-standard requirement on all video games. They are very similar to movie ratings and easy to learn how to spot and read. EC for Early Childhood or E for Everyone are games that contain no offensive, violent, or sexual content and are generally the best for kids. T for Teen might be a bit more violent, have a heavier or darker plot, or contain some stronger language, but generally in a way that isn’t excessive and would be appropriate for most teenagers. M for Mature games should be avoided unless you are aware of and familiar with the game and deem it appropriate for your child, as those are the games that are the “R rated” games of the gaming world and should be treated as such. Any game retail store has signs and brochures with more information, so feel free to ask the clerks for more information. It’s becoming increasingly standard, and in some areas the law, that anyone purchasing an M-rated game must show an ID card to prove their age, much like many theaters do for R-rated movies.

If you take the time to discover what is out there in the gaming world, you will be able to help your kids by choosing the right video games for them. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to mold your kids’ future. Video games are becoming an increasingly important part of the way kids grow up, and parents must take an active role in determining the way kids experience this type of entertainment.