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3 Things Great Sports Coaches Have in Common

  
  
  
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Coaches can really make or break a sports season. Coaches that don't really care, play favorites, or are bullies on the field can completely sour a child's opinion of sports and push them to quit at a young age. On the other hand, a great coach can inspire a life-long love of sports that a child will carry with them long after they hang up their 4th grade cleats. There are plenty of good sports coaches out there that keep the season humming along, but it's those great sports coaches that kids (and parents) will remember and love forever. Here are 3 things those great sports coaches have in common.

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Who Is Handling Your League's Finances?

  
  
  

For 15 years, Jerry Benisch and Stephen Verhage ran the Little League in their hometown. As the only two officers they handled everything from registration to grounds keeping, bookkeeping to ordering uniforms. But one day Benisch noticed unusually withdrawals from the league's bank account and found out that not only was Verhage making abnormal withdrawls and classifying them as league expenses (paying umpires, ordering new equipment, etc.), he had also neglected to pay down the principal on a loan the league had taken out. Over a six year period, Verhage stole more than $200,000 from Kennedy Little League

Why Does Your Child Want to Quit Youth Sports?

  
  
  
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One of the best things about youth sports is that it teaches our children the importance of commitment. You have to finish what you start and quitting mid-season would mean leaving your team hanging. Even if you don't love baseball/soccer/tennis anymore, you made a commitment to the rest of your team and it's important to see if through. However, there are two sides to every story and your child might have a very valid reason for wanting to hang up their cleats mid-season. If your child comes to you mid-season and wants to quit, the most important thing a parent can do is find out why they want to quit. Their explanation should be what decides whether you let them quit or have them stick it out through the rest of the season.

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The Odds Are Not in Your Favor When It Comes to Athletic Scholarships

  
  
  
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Parents, coaches, and trainers are constantly debating the pros and cons of early specialization among youth athletes. Many parents believe that if their child is going to have any chance of earning an athletic scholarship to college one day they simply have to become a master of one sport as soon as possible. Having an extra few years of training, coaching, and competitive play under their belt is going to make all the difference, right? The counter argument is that early specialization leads to burnout and pushes kids to quit at a young age, and since most kids aren't going to get that elusive athletic scholarship early specialization is hurting more players than it helps. We can't argue that some of the world's best athletes started at a very young age and spent years playing hard, but those are the exceptions, not the rule.

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Should You Coach Your Own Child?

  
  
  
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Most sports leagues survive because plenty of moms and dads are willing to step up the plate (pun intended) and volunteer to coach. And we at SportsSignup applaud those sports parents willing to give up their weeknights and weekends to coach a dozen 8-year-olds and teach them the finer points of baseball/soccer/football/lacrosse. Being a coach is not an easy job! But even if you want to coach, it's important to know that one of hardest things about being a parent-coach is knowing how to handle coaching your own child.

What Does Real Sportsmanship Look Like?

  
  
  
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SportsSignup calls New York state home, and even though we are closer to Albany than New York City more than a few on our team are die-hard Yankee fans. As anyone who follows baseball knows, this is Derek Jeter's last season in the MLB. After 20 years of playing shortstop for the Yankees, "The Captain" is calling it quits. In his 20 year career, Derek Jeter has earned 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter is also the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits. It's pretty much agreed by everyone in baseball that he is one of the best players of his generation. On top of that, he was also ranked as the most marketable player in baseball according to the 2003, 2005, and 2010 Sports Business Surveys and has done endorsement deals with Nike, Gatorade, Ford, Gillette, and other major brands.

Should You Punish the Player to Control the Parent?

  
  
  
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Every youth sports coach has dealt with "those" sports parents before; the loud, the rude, the mean, the pushy. And while (thankfully) they represent a small percentage of sports parents overall, one or two is enough to make for a rough season. A few weeks ago we wrote about a controversial tactic that one soccer coach used to keep aggressive and inappropriate sports parents in line.

4 Things Great Sports Parents Have in Common

  
  
  
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Everyone always talks about “those” sports parents. The ones that are overly competitive, argue with the coach, build their child up the next Michael Jordan, and coach from the sidelines. Unfortunately those sports parents with the bad behaviors are the ones that make the news and get all the attention. But we feel it’s very important to celebrate the great sports parents, the ones that make youth sports a wonderful place for our kids!

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Can Female Athletes Win with a Coed Team?

  
  
  
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Many sports parents and coaches argue against coed teams as the athletes get older, citing concerns that the girls are more likely to get hurt when going up against bigger, stronger, and faster boys. Once hormones kick in young boys and girls develop very differently. A 11-year-old girl might actually be bigger and stronger than her male teammates since girls tend to get their growth sprout sooner, but a 16-year-old boy is probably a lot bigger than any girl on his team. But until puberty, girls can easily keep up with the boys in terms of skill, provided they have had similar coaching/training.

Earning the Respect of Your Players

  
  
  
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A coach is in a position of power with their team, but as the saying goes "with great power comes great responsibility." A coach is responsible for the safety, well-being, and athletic development of their players and that is a not something to be taken lightly. Most coaches are well respected by their athletes and sports parents, but respect is still something you have to earn. It doesn't get handed out with a clipboard and whistle.

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