My kids are grown so I want to make sure I get more youth coaching tips down on paper, in case I have some dementia by the time my grandchildren are playing sports.
In no particular order:
1. Everyone should play at least 1/2 of the game. It's awesome to see some of your least athletically gifted players arriving with enthusiasm because they know they will be an active participant.
2. Rotate positions. For example, every kid, deep down, wants to play quarterback. Let him/her try.
3. Always remain positive, win or lose.
4. Never take a kid out of a game right after he/she has made a mistake (should be part of every coaching 101 course).
5. Let them have fun. Most of the boys loved having a 70's night on our basketball teams every year. They would wear short shorts, high tube socks, chuck taylor sneakers and a few even had Afro wigs.
6. Don't over coach (see blog entry dated 10/16/11).
7. Have a family member videotape you coaching if needed. You will, hopefully, realize how pathetic you look if you are standing up screaming at the refs and your players when the score is 6-4 in the fourth quarter of a youth basketball game.