A Successful Coach

How to Successfully Coach your Child in Youth Sports

Becoming a coach to your child who is participating in youth sports is not a walk in the park. As a parent, you have that special bond with your child and a great desire to see him or her excel. Sometimes parents can become an obstacle that prevents the child from reaching their full potential. It is not wrong for parents to coach their children because they know them better than anyone else. Below are some tips that can help a parent to successfully coach their child and the team.

Avoid overcompensating

One of the mistakes made by a parent when coaching their child in youth sports is criticizing their performance more than that of their teammates. This might be done intentionally or without knowing. It is only natural for a parent to push their children to reach their full potential. On the other hand, some parents feel that if they do not set higher standards for their children or discipline them enough, they will be accused of favoritism. However, being too harsh on your child might isolate them from the rest of the team, preventing them from excelling in youth sports. To correct overcompensation, you must stop drawing negative attention towards your child during practice and games.


Another trap that most parent coaches fall into is bragging about their children’s success. This causes a lot of friction and animosity in the team as well as frustrating other parents. It is not good to compare the performance of other team members with that of your child especially if he or she is the star. Avoid bragging about your son’s or daughter’s performance when meeting parents of other team members. Bragging can cause a lot of resentment towards your child and prevent the team from working together. This can be prevented by praising every team member for the special role they play and helping them to become better. Also, talk to parents about the success of their children, instead of bragging about the exemplary performance by your child or associating the team success to them.

Definition of success

As a parent coach, you must understand that youth sports were created to help in building and mastering of skills and as a form of recreation. Most parents make the mistake of focusing more on winning and losing. They become critical when the child performs their best and fails to win. They are happier when the team wins and will usually reward the child. This is not right because the child is brought up to believe that success or failure in life is measured by winning or losing. As a parent coach, you must teach your child and the rest of the team the importance of giving their best in every game and not merely focusing on winning. This will build their self-esteem and help them to enjoy playing the game.

Do not argue

Avoid arguing with your child during practice or a game. As a coach, the team should respect you and your child is no exception. It is wrong for your child to talk back to you if you criticize them during a game. To prevent this from happening, sit down with your son or daughter and explain to them that they should view you as a coach during practice and stick to the standards set by the team. You can also agree to discuss your disagreements in private instead of yelling and screaming in public. Cable tv has a lot of little league youth games where parents are coaching their kids and you are able to see the positive communication with young athletes. According to, Sports Family Club, here are 10 helpful tips on good coaching.

Author: Eddie D. Shackleford

Bio: Eddie is a father and writer. He loves to spend time with his family and write about youth sports as he loves coaching his children not only in life but in sports. You can follow Eddie @Eddie20Ford.


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