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We asked kids in an online survey: "What should a coach care about most?" You might expect them to answer "to focus on winning." But "Put me in, coach!" is what most kids really want.


In fact, the majority didn't think winning was all that important. Only 7% of girls said coaches should be most concerned with winning, while about 18% of boys said so.

Here's what boys and girls value most in a coach:  

64% said giving everyone a chance to play

27% said teaching new skills

9% said winning  

Striving for excellence is a great goal, but when coaches and parents apply too much pressure, kids can get overly worried or push themselves too hard physically, leading to injuries. Some kids may even go on unhealthy diets to lose or gain weight to be better at their sport.  

And when sports become too competitive, kids who have only average or below-average skills might spend too much time on the bench instead of learning new skills.  

10th Degree master instructor Greg Silva says, "I have been a  martial arts instructor for 46 years.  I believe there are no better coaches than martial arts teachers."   Martial Arts instructors know that the door to success open "in" not "out".   That means the success to building an athlete who is well balanced yet understands that being in top shape and a top performer begins with the proper attitude, confidence, self esteem, sportsmanship and self control.    This building from the "inside out" will prevent kids from being lazy, giving up, or quitting.   The nature of martial arts with setting continuous goals is a key to it's success.   And there is no bench to sit on.   All kids learn, train and compete while playing the "game" in every class they take.  

To see how martial arts teaches so much join us in our free "Beginners Krav Maga" Workshop on Saturday, April 1. Adults will train from 10:00am-11:15am. Juniors will train at 11:15am-12noon.



I agree with this. I really think it is more important to have a coach that will give everyone a chance to play than a coach who just wants to win. It is really not fair if those whoa re good in that sport are the ones who will always play. They need a coach so that they can excel and be better at sports. Winning is not important, what's important is that you know for yourself that you can do it and you enjoy every game.

Thank you for this wonderful insight. Coaches are someone students are looking up to. It is their role model. That is why, you should be very careful with your actions and choice of words. This is because it may influence the students, especially the young ones.

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