The other night, I went to a banquet. It was an induction ceremony for the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame, and two North Carolina based teams that won national championships were being honored. One was the Greensboro United U15 girls team that won the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup in 2011. The other was the Duke University 1986 NCAA championship team.
You’ve heard of Helicopter Parents, right? If not, they are the parents that hover over their children to the point of smothering.
These parents are common in sports. They are in near-constant contact with the coach, they pack and carry their kid’s bag, and they never have to tell their child to remember something because they’ve already taken care of it.
I came across a phrase the other day that caught my attention, and it got me thinking about a trap into which coaches easily fall.
After a little bit of success, loosely attributed to some correct decisions, coaches can start feeling pretty good about themselves. And that’s the point where the coach is susceptible to falling victim to the condition I read about. It’s called “The Seduction of Certainty.”
One of the best questions you can ever ask is “Are there any questions I didn’t ask that I should have?” After all, you want to be sure you get all the information you need, right?
Asking questions is an art form and an essential part of problem-solving, which as you surely know is one of a coach’s most important jobs.
In 2013, ESPN looked at the exploding youth club sports landscape and came to this conclusion: “Youth sports is so big that no one knows quite how big it is.”
While ESPN was stumped by the sheer number of players involved in youth sports, last year a study by WinterGreen Research published in Time Magazine determined it was a $15.3 Billion industry and rapidly growing.
A mom once told me that her daughter performs best when she is yelled at by the coach.
I told her, “Well, I won’t be doing that.”
She went on to give some examples of coaches who yelled at her and how it seemed to work, or something like that. I wasn’t really listening. My mind was occupied imagining what a miserable experience this girl must be having with soccer.
There are three questions every youth soccer organization should continuously ask. Honest answers can clarify the work being done and the direction taken toward success.
The questions are:
My team of 13-year-old girls recently had a Christmas Party. First, let me tell you that I am very lucky. My team of middle-schoolers get along very well. They laugh a lot and really enjoy being around each other. And at least for a few hours at a time, they dispel the old saying, “There’s nothing meaner than a middle school girl.”
The staff behind DRIVN is constantly making adjustments, tweaks and updates to help teams and organizations operate more efficiently.
Lately, time has been spent on creating and improving the way teams manage injuries.
“We can have a club-wide standard injury report on every coaches’ phone,” says Mike Gosselin, DRIVN’s Director of Business Development. “They can fill it out for every athlete. That’s become very popular.”
There are 3.3 million apps in the Google Play store, and there’s probably that many people in the world with an idea for another one.
The question is, how many apps do you need to make your team or organization more efficient? The good news is the answer is one.