Tips for Coaching 6 to 8 Year Olds

Check out this post from GameChanger.  GameChanger makes an app for tablets and phones that provides scorekeeping for baseball, softball, and basketball games.  In addition to the app, they have a blog/page dedicated to youth amateur sports called the Season.

Several of their recommendations are worth highlighting:

  • Recognizing age-specific development and needs of children this age group
  • Emphasizing fun and fair play (sportsmanship…or ATTITUDE)
  • Making sure all kids get to play every position is a key tenet of my Hustle & Attitude philosophy
  • Celebrating individual progress is how coaches recognize that each child has the opportunity to get better during the season – and making that development happen is one of the most important responsibilities of a youth recreational sports coach
  • Planning out practices – this is something I am trying to emphasize and provide tools and techniques for coaches through my clinics; good effective practices don’t happen by accident

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