Belittling Coaches = No Athletes

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Editor:

To quote Confucius, "A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions," this being his definition of humility.

This is something we all can learn from.

To get kids' attention in sports you have to give them attention. You have to bring out in them the best they don't know they can be. This isn't done by belittling them, telling them they are losers or ridiculing them to the point that they no longer have an interest in a sport that they enjoy so much. As a coach you have to be a parent to those who have none, a big brother or sister that a kid could look up to, teaching them a sport rather than telling them about how great you were. Everyone has something to remember about their glory days, but as a coach those days are gone and it is up to you to help the kids have glory days that they can remember, not days of hating the sports they did in school

Kids will always give 150 percent to a coach they respect and will cope with a coach they hate simply because of their love for the game, or just give up and quit. A good student doesn't always make a good teacher and a good athlete doesn't always make a good coach. As a coach, you can't expect a kid to be as good as you were, but you can teach them to be as good as they want to be. There is no greater reward than a kid coming up to you years later and saying, "Thanks, those were some of the best days of my life"; not "I loved sports, but hated the coaches." So to all coaches, remember that it's not about who you were and what you accomplished, it's about who you are now and what you can do to make those glory days come true for the kids you coach.

Payson Raiders Coaching Staff

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