(VIDEO) 8 Warning Signs of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching

What Not To Do When Coaching Young Athletes

One of the most popular articles on the Coaching Young Athletes blog is 8 Warning Signs of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching so I thought that I would follow it up with the below video.

Our kids should not have to suffer bad coaching. Watch the video and learn about when the alarm bells should start ringing. If you see these signs in a coach you know I would seriously suggest that you find another coach. If you see these signs in yourself you need to take a good hard look in the mirror and make some changes.


In summary, eight warning signs of really bad youth sports coaching are:

  1. The coach uses profanity.
  2. The coach argues with referees or officials.
  3. The coach criticizes athletes, not their behaviours.
  4. The coach won’t listen to athletes or parents.
  5. The coach allows cheating.
  6. The coach makes winning the only goal.
  7. The coach ignores lesser skilled players.
  8. The coach makes you feel worthy only when you win.

Download a printable PDF poster

You may download a printable PDF poster that features the “8 Warning Signs of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching” by clicking HERE.

Let me know what you think!

I would love to hear your reaction to this video. Have I left anything out? Let me know by leaving a reply/comment or by using the contact details below.

Further reading


8 Warning Signs of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching

8 More Warning Signs Of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching

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20150614_154020-1Darren 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 TwitterFacebookLinkedin, Anchor or via email.

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