|About the Book|
Coaching is a process of mentoring young people during a critically important and personal time. Important things happen when coaching is done right. Our children create fond memories, learn to love exercise, and begin a lifetime of physicalMoreCoaching is a process of mentoring young people during a critically important and personal time. Important things happen when coaching is done right. Our children create fond memories, learn to love exercise, and begin a lifetime of physical activity. Can it get any better than that? Yes. Against the backdrop of childrens games, effective parenting finds a powerful partner when coaching gets done right. Time spent in youth sports is one of the greatest opportunities that parents have to successfully move their children through activities of fun and effort while supporting their journey from child to responsible adult. Coaching Young Couch Potatoes is a journey through that sport centered relationship. In a perfect world everyone grows up healthy, wealthy and strong. Each child loves to play. Parents never argue and happiness follows us all. But, the world we live in is less than perfect. Children are challenged by changing family dynamics and an electronic wasteland threatens to squander their creative play. Coach Michael Clapier declares a fresh look at youth sports and why nothing we do can compensate for failure to invest in children. Our greatest work is reflected by the children we encourage, love and make hopeful. The author shows, through example and technique, how to forge a relationship between child and adult that is capable of molding children into responsible adults while generating success on multiple levels with play. Youth sports and its capacity for good is apparent when coaches and parents are more concerned with the development of the child than simply winning a childs game. The interests of todays child compete with dangerous alternatives of apathy, no exercise and poor life experience. We must re-consider what happens to our children during this time. How do parents support childrens play? What is the philosophy of their coaches? Where do children learn time-tested values of honor, work, and responsibility? Through more than twenty five years of coaching, Clapier has tested his new way of engaging children. The strategies and techniques of this new paradigm can be yours. Our children are different than we were and it is time to accept and utilize those differences. The methods that coached us, poorly coach our children. Parents must not let the time spent in little league slip away without anchoring behaviors in such a way as to empower success through measurements other than winning childrens games. Little league is our greatest opportunity to train and guide their journey through adolescence. In Coaching Young Couch Potatoes you discover how to: teach personal responsibility, effectively communicate with children, overcome short attention spans, teach work ethic, improve physicality, develop the muscular core, improve players regardless of skill, design workouts that leave kids tired and wanting more, motivate team members, nurture life skills, and more. The relationship between a coach and an athlete can empower childrens growth toward maturity when parents and coaches are committed to the child rather than the game.