KidsHealth.org asked kids and teens in an online survey: "What should a coach care about most?" The resounding answer being that kids want to be more involved in playing. Winning wasn’t a huge factor in what they want. In fact, in a list of priorities, winning was number 48. Only 7 percent of girls said coaches should be most concerned with winning, while about 18 percent of boys said it should be a priority.
The most important things kids want in a coach are:
The basics of what kids want is a fun experience. Fun, being defined by children in a study by George Washington University, is when children do their best, getting time playing, and being treated respectfully by coaches, parents, and teammates.
Why Do Kids Quit Sports?
In the U.S., around 70 percent of children drop out of organized sports by the age of 13. When coaches and parents apply too much pressure, the fun fades and kids can get overly worried or push themselves too hard physically, leading to injuries.
According to a study done by George Washington University, the number one reason kids stop a sport is when it is no longer fun for them. Kids quit sports because:
What Makes a Good Coach?
Coaches should be:
Of course, we don’t expect perfection of coaches, but we do expect them to want to constantly improve to make sure kids are always having fun. When it feels like it’s no longer fun, we try to make it fun!
What Helps as a Parent of a Karate Students
Help your child realize what their goal is for being in karate. Help them find their passion, instead of trying to determine it for them. Cheer positively or say nothing at all.
We want all kids to have an enjoyable experience during karate. If you want to learn more about our philosophy and enroll you or your child in karate, call us today at 480-986-7177 or fill out our online form.