Many people will tell you that becoming a volunteer is one of the most rewarding things that you can do with your spare time. And if you're an individual who loves working with kids or are a stay-at-home parent who's interested in getting some exercise with your own children and their friends than you might be considering becoming a volunteer sports coach. Here are some tips that can help you out and some ways that you can start getting involved in your own community.
If you have a sport in mind that you'd like to coach but you don't know where to find a team that needs help you should contact the different leagues operating in your area. Not only will they be able to get you started with a team but they can also provide you with all of the tools that you will need to teach your team the correct skills and rules of the game as it operates in your area. While you might be someone who played basketball in high school or rowed in college you shouldn't assume that all of the same guidelines are in place for the young people's team that you will be in charge of.
When you're teaching at the community level you're definitely going to want a teaching philosophy that doesn't just care about the end result and winning. There are many different levels of teams and most of them are just out to have fun and learn something, for exercise or to occupy themselves while their parents are still working. Think of why you wanted to be a coach and why it's important to you. If it's your love of the sport than you might want to make your practices about showing them the joy of the game. Or, if you're on a higher-level team, you could be trying to get each player to achieve all that they can in that sport.
It takes a lot of patience, energy and time to be the best possible coach for all of your players no matter how good the team is or how many people are on it. If you're working at at the same time and have a lot of other responsibilities, you might want to share your coaching duties with a friend, family member or colleague. This way you can make sure that your team is always getting the attention that they deserve.
When you're looking at a great game or attending team building events you will find that the best teams are those that work together where everyone feels wanted and important. One of the best things about playing sports as a child is that it allows you to be a part of something. Make sure that you're treating the underdog the same as the superstar and you will do just fine as a volunteer sports coach.