Last month I held six clinics for Flag Football Fanatics coaches in the Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati areas. 46 coaches participated in the clinics covering all aspects of coaching in the Flag Football Fanatics league.
I sent a survey to the coaches that participated. 78% of those responding to the survey indicated the material was Very Useful to them. The overall average response to the question asking the coaches to rate the usefulness of the information on a scale of 1-5 (‘Not Useful’ to ‘Incredibly Useful’) was 4.02 (‘Very Useful’).
Further, first year Flag Football Fanatics coaches (my target audience with the Hustle & Attitude clinics) scored the clinics 4.15, taking a particular liking to the discussions concerning the Equipment and dealing with parents and referees. Coaches who were coaching youth recreational sports for the first time found the clinics even more useful – their scores averaging 4.67!
One coach left this feedback: “It was a really good session. You have great perspective about the purpose of rec sports and how to talk and encourage kids (get down on one knee and not coaching my kid different than others). Good humor and you helped me get my head around the big picture of coaching kids. It was time well spent – I would recommend to any new coach”.
This is the second season that I have provided coaching clinics for the Flag Football Fanatics folks. 99 coaches have been exposed to the Hustle & Attitude philosophy as it applies to their specific league. I look forward to spreading the word about best practices in providing positive experiences for children in youth sports through more clinics and this blog (and maybe a book!).