Coaching checklist


November 18, 2001

Dr. Darrell J. Burnett, a Southern California psychologist and coach, uses a checklist that youth coaches in any sport can apply as a guide to success.

Excerpts: Look for positives and make a big deal out of them.

Have realistic expectations and stay calm when kids make mistakes, helping them learn from those mistakes.

Treat your kids with respect, avoiding put-downs, sarcasm, and ridicule.

Remind them not to get down on themselves, and don't take yourself too seriously during a game.

With lots of laughter and a sense of humor, maintain a "Fun is No. 1" attitude.

Emphasize teamwork and help kids think "we" instead of "me."

Be a role model for sportsmanship.


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