8 More Warning Signs Of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching

Steer Clear Of Coaches Who Act In This Way

What signs indicate that a coach is not the best person to be working in a youth sports environment? What should ring the warning bells? As a coach, what should you avoid doing at all costs?

The article 8 Warning Signs of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching covers eight of the most basic characteristics to be alert for.

But unfortunately there are more. A lot more. Some of these are listed below.

As a parent don’t accept this stuff. If you see these in your child’s coach, you should consider finding another coach.

If you recognise these in yourself, it is time to change your ways.

8 More Warning Signs of Poor Youth Sports Coaching

  1. The coach conducts sessions that resemble what an elite athlete or team would do.
  2. The coach pushes kids to the point of them throwing up during a session.
  3. The coach tries to get kids to specialise in their sport.
  4. The coach continues to coach through dangerous weather conditions such as an electrical storm or extreme heat.
  5. The coach tries to entice athletes from other training groups, squads or teams to join theirs.
  6. The coach criticises the work of other coaches.
  7. The coach is possessive of the athletes that they coach.
  8. The coach reacts poorly or holds a grudge when an athlete leaves their training group, squad or team to join another.

Can you add to this list?

Is there anything that you would add to this list? Is there any that you disagree with? Let me know. I would love to hear from you.

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Further reading


8 Warning Signs of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching

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

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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 TwitterFacebookLinkedin, or via email. Check out Coaching Young Athletes on YouTube, the Coaching Young Athletes podcast, and the Coaching Young Athletes E-Book Series.

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