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Feature Story

Volume 6, No. 3 - April 2011

Youth Sports COACH

By Darrell Burnett, Ph.D

Concentrate on positives
Offer yourself as an example.
Always expect what is reasonable.
Create team spirit.
Have Fun. Laugh a lot.

Concentrate on positives.
___ I catch the kids doing well.
___ I keep a 4-1 ratio of positives to negatives.
___ I praise with animation.
___ I react calmly to mistakes.
___ I praise specifics.
___ I help kids notice progress (frequency, duration, intensity).

Offer yourself as an example.
I am a role model of sportsmanship:
___ I win without gloating.
___ I lose without blaming.
___ I do not taunt officials, players, or parents.
___ I do not ridicule my players.
___ I insist that parents show sportsmanship.

Always expect what is reasonable.
___ I expect the coordination skills that are appropriate for the
ages of my players.
___ I expect the mental skills that are appropriate for the ages
of my players.
___ I expect the motivation level that is appropriate for the ages
of my players.
___ I expect the dedication level that is appropriate for the ages
of my players.

Create team spirit.
___ I teach my players to think “we” not “me.”
___ I recognize each player’s contribution to the team.
___ I encourage parents to cheer for every player.
___ I don’t tolerate teammate bashing.

Have fun. Laugh a lot.
___ I keep a sense of humor.
___ I try to relax.
___ I try to help the kids relax.
___ I let the kids laugh and have fun.
___ I try to make practices and games fun.
___ I try not to take myself too seriously as a coach.

© Darrell Burnett, Ph.D. 30101 Town Center Drive, Suite 202 D, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 249-2882 Email: djburnet@pacbell.net Website: www.djburnett.com

Dr. Darrell Burnett is a clinical psychologist and a certified sports psychologist specializing in youth sports. He has been in private practice in Laguna Niguel, California for 25+ years. He is a member of the Little League International Board of Directors. He was listed among the "Top 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America" by the Institute for International Sport. His book, IT'S JUST A GAME! (Youth, Sports, & Self Esteem: A Guide for Parents), and his Sportsmanship Card Game, GOOD SPORT! are described at his website, www.djburnett.com, along with his other books, booklets, and CDs on youth sports and family life.

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