Calling All Coaches!

“Volunteerism is not an excuse for unprofessionalism . . . “

I heard that statement recently in a podcast, and it resonated with me all day long.

Volunteer coaches are some of the most important members of any community. While much of the coaching glory and praise goes to college-level and professional coaches (and maybe some really successful high school programs), people forget that it was the t-ball coach who taught the first lessons. It was the summer league swim coach who treaded water in front of a four-year-old, coaxing him down the lane so many years before he set that state record.

Entry-level coaches are vital to the long-term development of every athlete they come in contact with, and yet they do what they do with very little—if any—training and support. Coaching strategies and best practices regarding children and athletic development have evolved over the years, but coaching “the way we were coached” is still very much the status quo.

At PlayLCA, we want to support our coaches by providing a coaching network open to any coach interested in learning from and sharing knowledge with other coaches in our area.

If you would like to be a part of this network of coaches, we would love to have you! You do not have to be a PlayLCA coach to join us. If you are planning to coach for PlayLCA, come on! Bring a friend! We believe that there is much to learn from each other, and each of us brings unique experiences and knowledge to the table.

Introductory Meeting
Tuesday, June 26
6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Loganville Christian Academy
Room 100 in the Lodge (gym)

Some of our coaches have been reading Changing the Game by John O’Sullivan. This book can be purchased for about $10 on Amazon and is a fantastic resource for anyone who works with young athletes. We will be discussing Part 1 of this book. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to read it before the meeting. You will still be able to participate in what I know will be a great discussion on how to coach young kids in meaningful and effective ways.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me an email.

— Kinsey Snell

“Sport is like a double-edged sword. Swung in the right direction, the sword can have tremendously positive effects, but swung in the wrong direction it can be devastating. The sword is held by adults who supervise children’s sports. Whether sport is constructive or destructive in the psychological development of young children greatly depends on the value, education, and skills of those adults.”
— Rainer Martens