How Do Youth Sports Coaches Define a Successful Season?

Last month I held Hustle & Attitude coaching clinics for the Flag Football Fanatics leagues in the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton areas.  This time around, I tried a new software application called Mentimeter.  It’s a really cool app that allows a presenter/instructor/speaker to ask questions of the audience, poll them for their responses, and have their responses display in the presentation.  All the participants need is a smart phone or tablet as they enter a code to participate in the questions.

I asked the coaches who participated in my clinics ‘How would you define a successful season?‘  I do this before I lead them through the Hustle & Attitude response:  a successful season is one where the kids have fun and learn the sport they are playing.  My primary measure of success is whether the child decides to play the sport again the next season.

I used the Word Cloud option so that we could see which words or phrases popped up most often in their responses.  Here are four of the word clouds together in a montage:

Fall 17 Clinic Word Cloud MontagePretty cool, huh?  Notice the word that is large and in the middle of three of the word clouds – FUN.  A general theme of the kids having fun and learning the sport (and about life) can be seen throughout the words on the clouds (along with the clever ‘Better than the Rams’, ‘Nobody breaks a leg’, and the battling ‘Go Blue’ and ‘OH – IO’ that only my friends here in the midwest probably understand).

I think these coaches get it.  My hope is that all youth sports coaches feel the same way – and the Hustle & Attitude philosophy is intended to help make this happen.

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