Look, just between you and me, we need to get a few priorities straight about coaching youngsters in youth sports. Just in case you missed some of the basic fundamental philosophies about coaching kids, let me take a little time here to refresh your memory about why you've volunteered to coach - and even more important, about why kids sign up to play youth sports in the first place.
1. First and foremost...let all the kids on your team play and play a lot!
This rule might appear to be fairly obvious, but let's be honest: How many times have you orchestrated your lineup so that only the more talented kids get the most playing time?
Do you think the other kids aren't aware that they're being cheated out of quality playing time? Do you think their parents don't also know what's going on?
C'mon, Coach, let's get back to the real world. The truth is, while it's wonderful if your team wins a lot of games, and perhaps even the league championship, what the kids on your roster want to do is play in the games. They don't want to be relegated to the role of a cheerleader who only sees action when the score is lopsided.
Check back for more on this...........