Coaching Youth, Transforming Lives

August 01, 2015

 

Participating in youth sports at the Y can transform lives?both for youth participants and for coaches. Y volunteers who give their time and talents as youth sports coaches are in a position to help young athletes develop relationships and a sense of achievement and belonging, making a positive impact in their lives for years to come."

Participating in youth sports at the Y can transform lives—both for youth participants and for coaches. Y volunteers who give their time and talents as youth sports coaches are in a position to help young athletes develop relationships and a sense of achievement and belonging, making a positive impact in their lives for years to come.

THREE WAYS YMCA YOUTH SPORTS TRANSFORM LIVES

  1. Impart good habits that last a lifetime
     Youth sports coaches have the unique opportunity to serve as role models and encourage and support children on and off the court or field. Coaches help youth develop necessary social-emotional skills, build strong character and recognize the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
  2. Foster a sense of community and teamwork
    At the Y, our programs are designed to bring the community together. Coaching youth sports helps strengthen communities by forging lasting relationships among kids, parents and neighbors. Being part of a team fosters belonging—a necessity for successful youth development and an important component of well-being for adults.
  3. Make learning fun
    Youth coaches at the Y don’t need to be sports experts or former athletes. All that is required is a commitment to helping children learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! The shared experience for athletes and coaches supports everyone’s healthy development.

To learn more about participating in or coaching youth sports at the Y, speak with your YMCA’s staff. Want to get your kids into the fun while learning team building skills? Sign up for a sports program this Fall at the Y.