April 6, 2018
WYC 146 – Youth Sports – Ben Kissam talks having a Four Quarter Mentality
Ben Kissam is a youth sports coach and writer in Denver, CO. Ben’s areas of expertise are in relationship-based coaching and teaching, effective communication, and fusing lessons in sport and entrepreneurship.
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Coaching role models
- Ben had 2 examples from his athletic career – 1 very positive and 1 very negative. He learned from both
- His attitude towards the kids – he thought they should just always do what he says. The lesson learned was to focus on getting buy-in instead of just mandating what should be done.
- Routines help. Teach them to run their own warm-ups.
- Lots of reps, but get creative in making it competitive. It’s also very important to start with the basics when explaining a skill and continue to reinforce what good looks like.
Good practice games
- The gauntlet – Set up a 10 yard tunnel, and kids go 1 on 1 in it
- Odd man situations – 3 on 2
- Teaching a growth mindset is key. Every failure is a step on the journey to success and it is a necessary part of learning.
- Be a relationships-based coach. Focus on having as many 1 on 1 conversations with your kids as possible.
- It’s important to have a right-hand man. They can also help with communication – group texts, etc.
Four Quarter mentality culture
- Setting up a practice plan that builds up the intensity throughout and emphasize finishing strong
Best team builder
- Eating together. Pasta nights.
Connecting with kids
- A goalie who Ben coached lacked confidence, and after working with him for 3 years he sees a totally different kid who now is confident
- ‘Athletes don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’
The one that got away
- Ben coached a team of super talented, super knowledgeable kids.
- They rolled through the regular season, and played a way lower ranked team in the first round of the playoffs, and lost.
Best Stolen Idea
- Have a sense of urgency in practice. Create a long-term vision but create a sense of immediate urgency of the importance of every drill and everything you do in practice.
- How to win friends and influence people – by Dale Carnegie
- Know one thing about each of your kids that has nothing to do with the sport, and check in with them about it.
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