So, you want to launch a sports team for your child and their friends. That’s fantastic news, but don’t be fooled into thinking it will be easy
There are many factors to master en route to success. But with these tips, you should be just fine. Go team!
1. Don’t Be Controlling
As the head coach, one of your most important challenges is to get the parents behind your team. The best way to achieve this is through encouraging an active role. Whether it’s driving players to games or building the team website doesn’t matter. Many hands make light work, and also helps build a team atmosphere too.
2. Find a Game That’s Open to Everyone
Knowing that you want to set up a team for the kids is one thing, but finding a suitable activity is another challenge altogether. Soccer, basketball and any sport that doesn’t need expensive equipment is a winner.
3. Learn About the Sport
Not all parent coaches are sports fanatics. However, some of the children will be. Equipping yourself with fun facts about the most famous events in the sport can be very beneficial. After all, talking with conviction can have a huge impact on young minds.
4. Take a Course
You don’t need to be the next tactical genius to run a successful children’s team, but you should have a basic grasp of coaching. Similarly, a course in child safety and protection would be advised too.
5. Be Together
For the children, the club is a huge part of their identity. Embracing that squad unity is a vital aspect. Arranging regular trips out, perhaps to see a professional team, will build those positive vibes.
6. Provide Kit
The last thing that you want is to see a child feel bad due to a lack of money. A team uniform doesn’t only look great and teach them to take pride in their club. But it also breaks down those financial barriers too.
7. Reward Everyone
For many kids, the sports club is the most enjoyable activity in their life. You can make it even more enjoyable by rewarding their hard work. Cricket trophies and awards, for example, can build their confidence. More importantly, it underlines the fact that endeavour leads to great things.
8. Be Fair
One of the hardest challenges you’ll ever face is learning to treat your child the same as any other. However, it’s imperative that you force the same rules on your son or daughter as you would with other players. Otherwise, favouritism can lead to disillusioned children.
9. Encourage Academic Achievement
Playing sport should be viewed as a reward. Using it as an incentive to try harder at school can help the children achieve far greater things in life. This is a task that requires cooperation from the parents, though, so make sure you’ve discussed things thoroughly.
10. Make It Fun
Above all else, sport should be fun. You aren’t professionals, and enjoying those activities is more important than winning. Of course, you want to do well. But as long as the children play with smiles on their faces, you’re doing just fine.