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Ragen Bartle, Girls 8th Grade Head Coach

By Ragen Bartle, 10/03/18, 10:45PM PDT

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As coaches we have a lot of influence on our players & we need to remember that each player is different and we need to be flexible in their learning abilities.

Attending the Trail Blazers Youth Coaching Summit last Saturday went surprisingly well. I went in not sure what to expect & this clinic was the best coaches’ clinic I’ve ever attended.
 
As coaches we have a lot of influence on our players & we need to remember that each player is different and we need to be flexible in their learning abilities. Some of the players these days don’t necessarily respond to the “old school” way of coaching. I came from the “old school” way of coaching. This clinic gave me a new way of thinking to integrate my “old school” style & what might work betterfor my team/players.
 
Some of the examples are:
 
  • Be flexible as a coach
  • When we say generic terms like ‘hustle’, what does that mean to us coaches & set the“bar” so the players know exactly what I mean.
  • Think outside the box →when a drill isn’t making sense try something different for better understanding.
    1. Explain simpler terms and break down into small bite size parts.
    2. Make the drills FUN so that there is interactions between teammates
  • Remember each kid is different
    1. Make or break their spirit
    2. Take Time with each Player
  • Set clear expectations with the players & parents
  • This needs to be set at the parent meeting and reinforced throughout the season.
    1.  All season long keep checking in with each player
I now have a renewed sense of why I’m coaching & supporting “my girls/team”. I truly love all of them. I’ve had the honor of coaching them since 5th grade and this year will be bittersweet since it’s their last year in the youth program.
 
Coach,
 
Ragen Bartle