Volunteer coaches in recreational leagues for youngsters can make a difference, but it’s important that they have the tools and wisdom to be great leaders. Renwick Jones, who has coached a variety of sports, shares proven tips to help overcome challenges on the recreational level. In this guidebook, you’ll learn how • recreational leagues can prepare students for higher levels of competition; • coaching staffs can prepare youngsters for the future; • parents can contribute to the success of the team.
You’ll also get tips on coaching kids from all types of socio-economic backgrounds and learning levels, with different temperaments and personalities. Keep in mind that you might be coaching children with attention deficit problems, autism, or other personal challenges. There are many lessons that can be learned through the vehicle of sports, but it is essential to provide young student-athletes with solid fundamentals, including sportsmanship, teambuilding, and the character needed to succeed in the future. Become a better coach and leader, and Let Them Play.
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Renwick Orlando Jones, a native of Gadsden, Alabama, earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Alabama State University and a master's degree from Auburn University. He formerly worked at several radio and television stations before starting a career in higher education. He is the vice president of alumni affairs at Stillman College, and he lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.