As a college coach, the following provided an interesting perspective on coaching youth. I realized that the same principles to coaching apply, no matter the age. Here is a question I received from a former player that coaches on the side:
I am working with an 8th grader at the end of the week that wants to
make the middle school team in a month, but has never played volleyball before. Any ideas of things I could do with her?
As great a coach as you are, you are not going to convert this player into a superstar in a week or month. In the short amount of time you have, the best thing you can do is build confidence in her by focusing on the positive things she does. Continue Reading