If you thought the chances of becoming a professional athlete were small, then the chances of becoming a professional coach are even smaller. Call-Em-All is happy to call Frisco, TX home for many reasons, but one of them is the vast amount of professional teams which call it home too. All within Frisco, we have AA baseball, D-League basketball, MLS soccer, NHL hockey and soon to be NFL football.
Not wanting these resources to go to waste, I reached out to each coach to get some tips they've learned while coaching some of the best athletes at their respective sports, which they'd like to impart on youth coaches. Here is what they had to say.
Quotes from the coaches
Nick Van Exel, Head Coach Texas Legends
"Just be yourself and be honest with what you're preaching. Believe and speak it with conviction."
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Lindy Ruff, Head Coach Dallas Stars
"All personalities and all players are different at this level. And I think at a youth level, you'll be dealing with the same where some kids have tougher personalities and some have sensitive personalities. As a coach, those [the sensitive personalities] are the guys you have to learn to understand and help in different ways."
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Joe Mikulik, Manager Frisco Roughriders
"You want to teach kids to be mentally tough, and prevent them from transferring blame and be accountable. Be aware of the process, meaning you don't look for immediate results. If you're 10-12 years old, obviously those results are not going to be there overnight. We've got to make sure we continue to work on fundamentals. Play the game right, play the game correctly and respect the game and your teammates."
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Oscar Pareja, Head Coach FC Dallas
"Some points I have seen/learned over the course of this process with professional and academy players, specifically finding ways to impact the player's/person at the development levels:
- Create good habits for players when they are very young
- Don’t waste time on simulating someone else’s training, every coach is different, every coach has great ways to teach the game.
- Use a good/consistent methodology.
- Create a model of playing that can express what you are as a coach, this is the best way to convince players.
- Planning always is key, but sensing the needs of the players is a great talent to have as a coach.
- I have learned that many can see what is wrong or needs to be fixed, but not many can really find the right way to improve it.
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Do these tips resonate with you or do you have any that you've come to live by when coaching youth sports? Let us know if the comments.