Characteristics of a Good Youth Sports Coach

The recipient of an MBA in finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Scott Bushley leverages more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Granite Point Capital, a hedge fund in Boston. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley serves on the Board of Directors of the Cohasset Youth Baseball & Softball Association and has been a youth baseball coach for the past six years.

Youth sports coaches play an integral role in the enjoyment and skill development of young athletes. While winning is a desired outcome, a good youth coach helps his or her players cope with disappointment, learn from mistakes, and develop resilience. They should also be adept in teaching social and team skills and provide positive reinforcement.

While reinforcing good habits or plays is an important aspect of coaching at the youth level, coaches can still emphasize areas of improvement through effective feedback. An effective coach will start by identifying something positive before noting a particular skill that needs to be improved.

In addition, effective youth sports coaches should be patient and teach respectful behavior and good sportsmanship practices to their players.