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Coaching Manual (66 pages)

Kids - What They Want

1.      Fun

2.      Variety and Organization

3.      Building Skill

4.      Friendships

5.      Action and Excitement

6.      Attention

7.      Competition

Competition is listed last for a reason. It's not that kids don't enjoy competing against their peers, many do. Many kids simply don't like the increased pressure of the competition that they feel from coaches and parents. It's that increased pressure that can take away from the enjoyment of the sport. Learning how to deal with competition and disappointment is important. It's also important that coaches and parents realize the desire for competition and the importance of it for the child will develop as their skills do...slowly. Many kids aren't ready to be pushed into highly competitive situations where they feel the pressure to perform.