Use This Car Racing Analogy When Coaching Young Athletes
Some of your best coaching ideas come from the kids that you are coaching.
While coaching sprints at a school recently, I asked the class if anyone knew what was the first thing a starter says at the start of a race before firing the gun.
“Start your engines?” a boy of about nine years replied.
Wow! What a great idea – relating the start of a sprint race to the start of a car race. I now tell young athletes that:
“On your marks” = Start your engines
“Set” = Rev your engines
“Go” = Race away!
Keep alert to these gems that will come from the kids and keep a list of them. They are priceless coaching tools.
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Darren Wensor is a sports development professional, coach educator, specialist coach of young athletes and founder of the blog coachingyoungathletes.com. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin , Anchor or via email.