Earn Coaching Respect and Keep It

The key to earn coaching respect begins with the word never. Never berate kids, never ignore them, never be dishonest, etc.. That is important because it often only takes one bad word or action to take away the chance of earning or keeping the coaching respect that coaches must have to enjoy their coaching experience and to make the positive impact they set out to from the beginning.  That may seem daunting to many, so it is important that coaches have and follow their philosophy and goals so that they do not break the “never rule.” What youth sports coaches must also understand is that even they may direct something at one player or player parent, the move often affects everyone.

It bears repeating, coaches must understand that degrading and unfair treatment to any player can and likely will affect everyone. Unfair coaching behavior towards any player risks losing the endorsement of the entire team. You need to be able to realize that teammates will side with and feel sorry for their friends. Beyond that, athletes are more aware of your actions than you may think, even young kids. The best way to keep a player’s trust is to never lose it in the first place.

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All kids desire attention and approval. Coaches must not only give both of these to each player, but they also need to apply the right amount of each. Some kids require more self-esteem and confidence-building than others.

Fairness and honesty are virtues that earn and maintain respect. Coaches can display this through empathetic explanations for decisions.

Gaining players’ admiration goes a long way with keeping parents satisfied. Parents are less inclined to complain about minor things when they know their child admires the coach.

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Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 28 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” now $5 and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos. 

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