Coaches spend a good portion of their week with your kids (maybe even more hours than you do). So when it’s time to hand your child over to a new coach, what should you know about that new influence in your child’s life? Here are some important points to consider:
- Will the coach respect my child, and equally important, will my child respect the coach? Mutual respect between the coach and player is a key to forward progression and improvement for the individual and the team as a whole.
- Is the coach a good role model? Are the attitudes, behaviors, and words the coach exhibits worth repeating and imitating? Remember, your child will be spending a lot of time around this individual, and no amount of expertise in a sport is worth sacrificing character and integrity.
- Does this coach consider their position a privilege? Coaches need to understand how they are impacting the youth—mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. The coach that does not see their responsibility as a privilege could harm a child’s growth by coaching from a selfish perspective.
The Bible speaks to the issue of harming a child or causing a child to stumble.
“Whoever receives a little child in My name receives Me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone hung around his neck, and that he be thrown and sunk in the depth of the sea!”
A leader who understands that coaching children is a privilege must also have the skill set to impact, refine, and build-up others. A coach’s impact on players should always be positive, while improving upon the skill level of the child and instilling confidence.