If your child loves to play sports, but there isn’t a suitable sports team for them in the area, then you may be considering starting your own sports team so that your little one is able to take part in team sports and play the sport that they love.
Of course, before you decide to launch a children’s sports team, it’s a good idea to take the time to think things through. Do you know what’s involved? How much of your time will it take up? What rules are there to follow? These are all questions that you need to find the answer to before you decide to start a children’s sports team.
To help you to get a better idea of what’s involved in running a kids sports team below is a guide to everything that you need to know about becoming a kid’s coach. Have a read and see whether you’re cut out to be a children’s sports coach.
You’ll need to be willing to give up your free time
The first thing that you should know is that starting a sports team will mean giving up some of your free time. Probably around three to four hours a week for training and then three to four hours of the weekend for matches. If you’re willing to give up that amount of time each week, then that’s fine. If not, you may need to rethink your idea, or perhaps you could consider getting other parents on board so that you can share the load between you?
You can’t show any favouritism
As a mother, your instinct is always to side with your child. However, as a sports coach, you have to be fair, you can’t show favouritism to your own child. You need to be sure that you’re able to treat all the children the same, as otherwise, it’s not fair to the other children. If each child has to sit out of three games a month, it’s important to enforce that rule on every player, including your own child. If you can’t do that, then don’t start a sports team, as it’s unfair to treat your child differently.
You will need to organise tournaments
If you decide to start a sports team, you may also need to organise sports tournaments. If there are no suitable tournaments in your area for your team, then starting one could be ideal. Yes, it may take time for other teams to pop up in the local area, but once they do you can build up a fantastic local sports community. The great thing about hosting tournaments is that you can give out trophies and awards to the best players to reward them for their hard work, as well as to the winners. Obviously, to be able to do this you will need a budget, so you will need to be willing to fundraise.
You will need a knowledge of the game
Lastly, if you’re going to start a sports team, you will need a good knowledge of the game that you plan on coaching. You can’t just know the rules, and that’s it, you need to understand the best methods of teaching the sport, coaching your team, and ensuring that when a team member is struggling, you know how to help them.
Starting a kids sports team can be a great thing to do, but it’s important only to do so if you’ve got the skills required and can spare the time – just ask my Disney Parks Moms Panel sister Sue!