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May 04, 2016

21 Life Lessons Kids Learn Through Youth Sports

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‘Use youth sports as a medium to teach young players life lessons’.

Youth sports are going to teach young players a lot more than how to shoot a basketball or how to use a pick-and-roll, there are a lot of life lessons players will learn on their journey through participation in youth sports.

These life lessons are by far the most important part of participation in youth sports. Not winning a few basketball tournaments or making a highly competitive team.

Let’s be honest, players have a very, very slim chance of playing professional sports. I don’t say this to be harsh or pessimistic, but to emphasize the importance of focusing on how you can help every single player you coach. Not just the 2 or 3 in 10,000 that end up playing professionally.

You can make a difference in their lives long-term by helping them learn the 21 important life lessons listed below that I believe all kids learn through youth sports.

1. It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

There will be many times when players make mistakes during games or practice. Whether that be losing the basketball in a dribbling drill, turning the ball over during a game, or taking a bad shot.

Coaches have to reassure their players that it’s okay to make these mistakes, they’re learning experiences.

A good coach will challenge the players to evaluate the mistake themselves with questions such as ‘Why do you think that happened?’ and ‘What could you do next time to change the outcome?’.

As long as players are learning from their mistakes, they should be pushing themselves and making as many mistakes as they can.

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Orig Post www.basketballforcoaches.com | Re-Post Fight For Life 5/4/2016