Coaching Tip #2


Getting Started in Coaching

Becoming a new coach has just been made easier! The Coaching Association of Canada has developed a new program of educational materials for first-time coaches. The Getting Started in Coaching series - which includes hockey, ringette, softball, soccer, baseball and curling was developed in conjunction with national sport organizations.

Each sport-specific booklet contains step-by-step guidelines, illustrations of basic skills and sample practice plans. The booklets are designed to provide first-time coaches with practical information on communicating with young athletes, teaching skills, and planning safe and enjoyable practices.

An estimated four million children participate in sport each year. Hockey, ringette, baseball, softball, soccer and curling were selected to be part of the series because parents with little or no coaching experience are typically recruited to coach when their youngsters sign up for these sports at the community level. The Getting Started in Coaching series is designed to help those who may not be actively involved in sport, approach their first coaching job with confidence.

The Coaching Association of Canada hopes the series will help first-time coaches adapt more easily to their new roles and will encourage them to get further training through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Coaches can help children to develop confidence and self-esteem. Here are some ways you can do it.

Helping Children Feel Good About Themselves



1. Greet each child individually when they arrive for each session. Make them feel good about being there.
2. Show confidence in their ability to learn.
3. Offer activities that suit their level of development.
4. Encourage effort without always focusing on results.
5. Avoid elimination games and other activities that may add undue pressure. Create situations where there are lots of “successes”.
6. Be specific when telling them what you like about their effort or performance.
7. Use a smile, a nod, or a wink to acknowledge them.
8. Praise them for special things they have done. A pat on the back means a lot.
9. Give them responsibilities. Involve them in making decisions and give each of them a chance to be a leader. You might want to alternate captains, for example.
10. Ask them for their input and invite their questions.