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As the administrator of these forums, I often get emails from people asking how they can get into youth coaching. The truth sadly is that anyone can get into youth coaching. All local church leagues, YMCA leagues, I9 leagues, etc., are usually hurting for volunteer coaches, so all you really have to do is call up one of your local leagues and pass the background test. The real question is how do you become a good youth coach? That is not such an easy question to answer. There are so many different philosophies about coaching youth sports and youth sports in general have become more and more about winning and developing little Markie into the next profession athlete, when in fact fewer than one percent of all youth sports participants will play professionally. I think we totally miss the boat on this one. We no longer approach youth sports from the standpoint of teaching our kids basic life skills but we focus on winning and getting our kid to the next level which is a select or travel team. It's also amazing to me how much money is thrown at youth sports by parents.What happened to teaching our kids about respect, character, how to take constructive criticism, taking responsibility for your actions and efforts, working as a team, and commitment? So how do you become a good youth coach? I believe that learning as much about the game as you can is important. You will need to learn the finer points of teaching the skills of the sport that you want to coach. This is much easier today with all of the great website that are available, the local library will have many books on basic to advanced drills on various sports and their are thousands if not millions of videos available for purchase or to view on sites like youtube.com. Even if you have a good understanding of how to teach the various skills that are required to play a certain sports I don't think that makes you a good coach. You need to learn how to organize your practices, how to discipline, convey to your team what is expectted of them and what is expected of yourself and everyone needs to be held to that standard. There are many articles on our home page at y-coach.com that will help you outline your goals and philosophies and hopefully help you have a successful season. I have included a few of my favorites below: 7 Good reasons to get your child involved in youth sports Managing Playing Time First Time Coach Positive Youth Coaching Principles of Youth Coaching Youth Coaching Responsibility I hope to hear from some of you other coaches on your ideas and philosophies on being a better coach.