General Coaching Guidelines

General Coaching Guidelines

Introduction to coaching.

If you are a sports coach, you are no stranger to planning activities for young people that keeps them actively engaged and enjoying their activity. However there are many people whether employed to do so, say through schools, or who are acting as volunteers, that might need some more guidance on how to run sports activities in a safe and engaging way.

It is paramount that coaches establish an enjoyable environment for all players in their care. This will be beneficial in the short term by encouraging young people to actively participate in your sessions and in the longer term by encouraging participants to continue with sports and games into the future.

Stick to the APES principle below and you can’t go far wrong;

ACTIVITY – all players involved at all times

PURPOSE – ensure there is a clear objective

ENJOYMENT – make the session varied and fun

SAFE – activities and play areas must be appropriate

The role of the coach:

Sports coaching, rather like all forms of teaching, is a rewarding and challenging way to spend your time. As a coach you will have to adopt a range of roles such as:

Leader, organiser, manager, counsellor, motivator, decision maker, role model, etc etc

Good coaching requires you to be able to:

Continually improve all players

Get the best out of all the players

Develop techniques into skills

Develop the players ‘game sense’ i.e. their ability to assess what’s happening around them and make appropriate decisions

A quick checklist of good positive steps to take.

Conclude the session positively and appropriately Check that the participants are appropriately dressed for the activity and the conditions

I have turned out to see my own children play sports of all kinds and I have seen them freezing, even though I sent them out with plenty of gear to wear in their sports bag. Move players around from position to position, give them specific tasks to perform, set up mini sessions of just a few players at a time. As a rugby coach this never failed to miss and the players would ask for this activity as part of the longer session. Encourage players to play within the spirit of the game. Most learning is achieved by doing.

Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of the sport.

Be a positive role model

Keep winning and losing in perspective – encourage young players to act with dignity in all circumstances.

Respect all referees/officials and the decisions they make – at all times, ensuring that all players do the same.

Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner, both during coaching sessions and games

Just for fun!

Don’t send the class for a 5 mile run while you have a fag behind the sports pavilion.

Don’t send the class on a 5 mile run because you’ve got a hang-over and need a coffee.

Don’t laugh at players who clearly have no clue which direction they are even supposed to be playing in!

Don’t laugh at players who run away when the ball comes towards them.

Don’t laugh at players when they get hit in the face with a ball and are pole-axed (even if it looked funny)

Don’t chat up the parents whilst you’re supposed to be coaching the session

Don’t take off a player during a game for missing an open goal!

Don’t take off a player because you don’t like their parents.

Don’t take off a player because they didn’t do their Maths homework.

Don’t pick a player who wears bright red football boots. Send them back to the classroom and give them a hot chocolate.

Take the p-ss out of kids who dive when they’re tackled – like they’ve seen on telly!!

Don’t let Mothers rush on to the pitch every time little Jonny falls over.

Don’t let Fathers go into denial when little Jonny needs the air ambulance.

Send girls off for squealing at everything during any kind of ball game.

Send girls off for standing about chatting during any kind of game.

Send girls off for playing with their hair during any kind of game.

Don’t argue with parents about refereeing decisions – it will lead to a fight.

Don’t be truthful about a child’s abilities in front of their parents – it will lead to a fight.

Don’t laugh at a child’s sporting prowess in front of their parents – see above.

Sports Fans Can Break Into a Career

Sports Fans Can Break Into a Career

A career in sports sponsorship and marketing doesn’t take proving one’s love for the game. So here are some tips on breaking into sports marketing as a career opportunity.

The Approach – Applying For The Position
The main reason people want a career in sports sponsorship or marketing is because they simply love sports. And, the more opportunities taken advantage of, the more likely, bigger better opportunities will spring up.

Learn From The Best and Be The Best
Gather as much information as possible not just about the sport but about the groups of people involved in the sports business. A good idea would be to attend the many local sports meetings dealing with the choice sport. Load up on information, statistics and data regarding the choice sport, but also network and be the “go to” sports marketer – be vital to the sports field.

Another good idea would be to take the time to attend job fairs. Sports Marketer, Melissa Marchionna, says that it was her attendance at a job fair that landed her the network opportunities that landed her the position as a professional sports marketer.

Playing Multiple Sports

Playing Multiple Sports

In this day of kids playing in travel leagues, having personal coaches and spending so much time on one sport, we have to ask ourselves if it makes sense to keep doing this or to encourage kids to play more than one sport.

This is true in sports, as well. Some down time away from a sport helps a child look forward to the other sports they play, and consequently to the original sport, as well.

For example, having kids playing baseball from April through August, and then transitioning into either football or soccer gives them an enthusiasm into both football and soccer.

They love baseball, but knowing that once baseball is done, they get a little ‘mental’ break from that game and really get into their fall sport. The footwork a player learns in basketball makes them a better infielder when turning a double play come next summer.

There are mental lessons learned playing multiple sports, as well.

Learning how to play against a bigger, tougher opponent in basketball provides insight into one’s one tenacity, drive and ability to think strategically within the game. That is why you will see many stories of well rounded athletes playing multiple sports doing well in the classroom as well as in their professional lives.

There are more and more reports on overuse injuries by kids specializing in one sport, rather than choosing to play in a variety of athletics. That competitive desire being developed in a young athlete is what drives them to excel in and out of the sports arena.

The variety that playing in multiple sports programs during the year brings, I believe, far outweigh specializing in one sport.

Philly Sports Memorabilia

Philly Sports Memorabilia

The city of Philadelphia is a great place to be a sports fan since the place has various sports teams to cheer for. This will help them show their pride for the teams they support and help them increase their collection’s value by tenfold.

The Sports Cave is a local sporting goods store In Philadelphia which stocks up in various sports-related items from the various sports teams in America. IF you are a dedicated fan of a team or just someone who wants to collect sports memorabilia, taking a look at what the Cave offers will give you the best opportunity to show that you are supporting one team and the chance to add something new to your collection that will certainly make it unique.

A Variety of Items Available

When you are thinking of sports memorabilia, you are probably thinking about sporting equipment and a few t-shirts. With the Philly sports memorabilia at the Sports Cave, your reputation as a fan will be known and your friend will be admiring the collection of sports items that you have.

Philly.com, a leading online source for comprehensive news along with The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, features a regional business directory including information about Philly Sports Memorabilia

Best Las Vegas Sports Books

Best Las Vegas Sports Books

The quality of service isn’t usually the first thing one thinks of when deciding where to make their $50 bet on an NFL Sunday, but there are sports books in Las Vegas that go the extra mile when it comes to catering to the customer. Whether it’s a courteous ticket writer who isn’t stingy with free drink tickets or the cocktail server that swings by regularly, for many, the service provided by a Vegas sports book is as important as the betting line – and well it should be. Having the Le Bar du Sport (That’s sports bar in French) directly adjacent to the sports betting area certainly helps with the speed of drink service. Even during busy sports days when the crowds of sports fans and sports bettors are present, the staff here do things right. The LVH caters to the sports bettor like no other sports book in Las Vegas – even though its off-strip location is a bit off of the beaten path, a short cab ride or monorail trip (the Las Vegas monorail has a stop at The LVH) would be well worth it. The sports book director, Jay Kornegay, does things right as far as catering to the sports betting aficionado. CAESARS PALACE
The iconic Caesars Palace Sports Book is a place that all sports fans must visit during a trip to Sin City. The sports book host will happily find you a seat during busy sports days and the ticket writers are attentive and friendly.

Most Annoying Sports Parents

Most Annoying Sports Parents

And sometimes both teams are lucky enough to have their very own Sports Parent mascot.

Sports Parent Mascot?

(OK. And much like team mascots are representatives of an entire team, unfortunately, annoying and mouthy Sports Parents are representatives of all the parents on a team.

From my experiences on the sidelines and in the stands at my boys’ games, I’ve come up with a list of the 8 Most Annoying Sports Parents. Please let me know if you’ve come across other varieties.

The Voice Command Parent
This parent thinks he has to control every movement his son makes. Wish I could do the same.

The Positive Cheer Leader
I hate stereotypes, but in my experiences, this parent is usually a Sports Mom. No matter how excited I get or how much I yell, it’s not going to effect the outcome of the game or how my son plays.

The Loud Cheerer
This Sports Parent doesn’t just yell for his own kid. It’s not so much what this Sports Parent says, it’s how loud he says it. You don’t want to be next to this guy without some aspirin or noise-cancelling headphones.

The Blamer
In the eyes of this parent, it’s everyone else’s fault if his son doesn’t succeed. While I can usually sense that, deep down, other over-the-top parents generally mean well…this kind of parent is just mean. If he makes these kind of comments in public, who knows the insults he tosses around at home.

The Tailgaters
This is a group of Sports Parents who confuse their sons’ sporting events for their college football tailgating days. Their son’s game is merely an excuse to hang out and socialize with friends.

The Guy You’d Like To Punch
This is usually a parent from the opposing team. He shouts insults and passive aggressive comments at the players, coaches and parents on your kid’s team. Good job coach.”

Don’t Let Them Suck You In

It’s one thing when bad Sports Parents embarrass themselves and their son. (Thanks honey!)

#8 on the list, (aka “The Guy You’d Like To Punch”), is the one who tends to get otherwise mild-mannered Sports Parents fired up the most.