December 12, 2014
What does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Coach Robert Taylor shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful coach.
Coach Taylor runs Smarter Team Training, which is involved with equipping and training athletes all over the world – his clients include Super Bowl champions, World Series champions, and players who have been drafted #1 in the NBA draft. Coach is married and just had his first daughter.
STT Podcast: Coach Taylor hosts a radio show on iTunes and iHeart Radio – Half hour released every Sunday – interviewing coaches and athletes around the world – Join the 37,000 subscribers listening to over 280 episodes – STTpodcast.com
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- ‘At the youth level of sports – you don’t want more reps- you want better reps.’
My ‘Cringe’ Moment
- One thing they don’t teach you in college is how to value and develop relationships – with the athletes, the parents, your coaches
My ‘Ah-Ha Moment’
- Stop chasing the word success and start chasing the word impact
Teaching Children & Keeping it Fun
- Keep it fun!
- Don’t expect perfection – instead enjoy the process of incremental improvements
- Have very few rules
- ‘We don’t do 10 reps. We do one perfect rep ten times’
HUGE IDEA #1 – ‘At the youth level of sports – you don’t want more reps- you want better reps.’ More leads to drudgery and hating the sport. Better leads to excitement and loving the sport.
Best Stolen Idea/Advice from another Coach
- Praise in public. If needed criticize in private.
- Have the kids take a picture of their bed made in the morning and send it to one of the coaches – ‘You can’t start the day undisciplined then expect to be disciplined the rest of the day’
- Coach doesn’t like making them run as a punishment – we want them to love exercise and running – so don’t use it as a punishment. ‘If they miss a layup – don’t have them run – have them practice layups!’
Reward and Recognition
- Count high-fives during a practice. Then try to beat that number in a future practice.
- At the end of practice – have players say something positive about a teammate.
- Spend one practice evaluating players’ GPA – Good Positive Attitude. Are they giving a high-five coming off the field; are they picking up a teammate’s water bottle, etc. If there’s a bunch of 4.0’s – the team spirit is good, if not – think of ways to recognize those who have the best GPA to encourage the whole team to raise the GPA level.
HUGE IDEA #2 – How do you de-emphasize the importance of the moment? One method is a trigger mechanism – something you have practiced and evaluated what works with each individual – something to get the player to smile and realize it’s just a game. Maybe it’s slapping your leg. Maybe it’s a teammate saying ‘Spongebob is ugly’, etc. But you have to practice putting kids in those situations during practice!
The One that Got Away
- Coach Taylor believes in living/playing present – so doesn’t get caught up in reliving wins and losses in the past.
- Books: ‘The Hinge- the importance of Mental Toughness‘ by Dr. Rob Bell; ‘The Talent Code‘ by Daniel Coyle; ‘Lead for God’s Sake‘ by Todd Gongwer; ‘The Sports Gene – Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance‘ by David Epstein
- Authors: Brian Cain, Graham Betchart
- SMART – Speed, Movement, Agility, Reaction, Technology, Education, Resistance
- Work with teams and individuals – do clinics and can revenue-share
- Teach coaches
- Check out the awesome results their clients are seeing: smarterteamtraining.com
- STT Podcast: Coach Taylor hosts a radio show on iTunes and iHeart Radio – Half hour released every Sunday – interviewing coaches and athletes around the world – Join the 37,000 subscribers listening to over 280 episodes – STTpodcast.com
- If you want more, you must become more.
- If you want your kids to give more, you need to give more to them. If you are their lacrosse coach, go to one of their football games or band concert.
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