For those of you who’ve read my book, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, you know that I’m an advocate of healthy, balanced opportunities for boys to play sports. Youth sports can be an invaluable context for boys to develop physically, emotionally and socially.
I’m particularly grateful for wise, invested coaches who see sports as an opportunity for young men to learn skills, be active, have fun, practice sportsmanship, and most importantly to develop character. Thankfully, there are many devoted men and women who invest in the lives of young men and student athletes in schools and leagues across the country.
And unfortunately, this kind of coach exists as well.
When choosing a league for your son, be sure to do your research. Make certain the time commitment, league values and coaching strategy is developmentally appropriate to ensure the most positive experience for your son.
What are the qualities of a good coach?