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Resources contributed by Reed Maltbie.

Coach Reed Maltbie has Master's degrees in Sports Psychology and Childhood education. He has over 30 years of coaching and education experience.

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1. A coach who displays a caring personality towards your child.

2. A coach who is consistent and reliable.

3. A coach who engages with you and your child

4. A coach who is approachable and willing to answer questions

5. A coach who is a great role model and inspires

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Membership, Meaning, and Mastery - Create the right sport environment

1. Lack of Free Play → Learn More 

2. Marginalization of Physical Education → Learn More 

3. Decreased competence of fundamental movement skills → Learn More

4. Early Sport Specialization → Learn More

5. Technology → Learn More 

6. Cost 

  1. Themed
  2. Progressive
  3. Clear Objectives (and only a few)
  4. Space to explore/experiment
  5. From abstract to concrete (connect it to the game)
  1. Conflict Resolution
  2. Emotional Management
  3. Solving Issues
  4. Fostering collaboration
  1. Eye Contact
  2. Common Language
  3. Avoid Distractions
  4. Voice modulation
  5. Verbal-Visual Alignment

John Kessel

John is the Director of Sports Development at USA Volleyball and World ParaVolley. He is an Internationally acclaimed speaker and coach mentor, and is also a Staff Liaison for over 30 USOC Member Sports Organizations.

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Returning Coaches

  1. Connection
  2. Communication
  3. Character Building
  1. Coaching Philosophy
  2. Playing Time Philosophy
  3. Views on Multi Sport participation
  4. Season and practice plans
  5. Style of play

1. Be positive and encourage 

2. Support all players on your team and the opposition if they do something well

3. Do not yell tactical instructions, it only leads to confusion

4. Have a set plan about your pre match routine agreed with your child?

5. Have a set plan about how you deal with the aftermath of a game?

6. Be consistent and positive with your messages and body language, win, lose or draw

  1. Model it
  2. Include it in practice plans
  3. Empower Athletes to help build it
  4. Encourage behaviours like you do skills
  5. Communicate it clearly
  1. Honest feedback
  2. Unbiased advice
  3. Tips and Tricks
  4. Encouragement and Confidence
  5. Networking
  1. Take care of you
  2. Use Video Analysis
  3. Expand your learning beyond X’s and O’s
  4. Mastermind with others
  5. Have a clear “business plan”
  1. Servant-leader
  2. Individual to Team focus (person at the center)
  3. Pacesetter (model and lead from the front)
  4. Accountability
  5. Future-Focused (always growing and changing)

David Turner

David is the Coaching Children & Safeguarding Lead at UK Coaching. He is a co-author of the latest UK Coaching/NSPCC Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop, and he is also an Olympic and Paralympic coach of the Javelin female world champion.

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High Performance Coaches

  1. Give honest feedback
  2. Set standards of excellence and demand it (without demeaning)
  3. Teach with the fundamentals as foundation
  4. Refine your craft and be willing to show athletes that
  5. Encourage your athletes to speak up and lead
  1. Values
  2. Life Skills
  3. Mental Skills
  4. Social-Emotional Learning
  5. Problem-Solving
  1. Resilience
  2. Bounce Back
  3. Short Memory Span
  4. Mindfulness
  5. Gratitude
  1. Allow for recovery
  2. Monitor emotional quality
  3. Watch for injury masking
  4. Identify bullying situations
  5. Managing athlete/parent expectations

Dr. Jerry Lynch

Jerry is the Founder and Director of Way of Champions, and the author of "Win the Day", "Let Them Play", and more. He is a Practicing Sports Psychologist with collegiate and professional sports teams.

Jerry's LinkedIn | Way of Champions' Facebook | Way of Champions' Twitter | More about Jerry


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