How to get the most of young athletes

Posted on July 16, 2008
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I have done a bit of soccer coaching in my time and I always enjoyed it. One of the most difficult aspects of youth sports is actually keeping the kids interested. There are so many other things they could be doing instead of exercising such as playing video games or watching TV that it can be difficult to convince a kid to go out. There is at least one method to keep children motivated in sports that as far as I can tell works well.

I am talking about giving out trophies not only for excellence in the particular sport but also for participation and good behavior. Let’s face it. Not all kids are going to be good in sports but that doesn’t mean that they should give up on sports entirely. Chances are that none of the kids will turn into Ronaldinho, play in Europe, and earn tens of millions of dollars in the process but the benefits of exercise will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Give trophies at the end of the year for more than the number of goals scored but also for showing up to practice and treating teammates well. At the end of the day, team sports are about more than the game itself. Team sports can help teach children proper behavior in a group environment, a skill that they will definitely need when they become adults.

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