What makes a good/bad coach of children?
Posted by Dean Holden at December 17th, 2013
by Gary Anderson, 12 April 2013
Coaching requires a whole range of skills and attributes, many of which are applicable to all age groups whether it is children, adolescents or adults, and across all levels of ability from grassroots to elite level.
However, some coaching characteristics may be more evidenced than others when working with specific age groups. With this mind, sportscoachUK conducted an interesting piece of research by looking at what makes a good/bad coach of children. A number of coaches were asked for positive and negative aspects that they thought made a good/bad coach of children aged 7-11 years of age.
For a good coach, “skills” was the main attribute that those surveyed said was most important but reflecting the need for a more balanced and nuanced approach when working with young children, attributes such as “fun”, “enthusiasm”, “friendly” and “patience” also featured high on the list.
When asked to highlight what makes a bad coach the following factors were referred to most often:
- Too sports specific
- Too much technique
- Too technical
- Too strict
- Too focussed on results