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Coaching youth

Coaching youth sports is a transforming and extremely gratifying job that allows you to influence the lives of the next generation of athletes. As a coach, you not only teach vital sports skills but also important life principles such as teamwork, discipline, and resilience. Your impact can extend well beyond the playing field and leave a lasting imprint on their lives. Having fun is a great way to keep your young players engaged in the game, promote participation, and maintain their attention. 

It motivates kids to improve their skills, learn new ones, and play more. Of course, if something is dull, you would pay less attention to it. Consider a boring movie you saw or a monotonous sporting event. Exactly! You lose focus and wander off, ticking down the minutes till the torcher ends. Consider your young athletes practicing or playing the game. If it’s not fun, they quit.  

Coaching is more than just teaching the rules of the game; it also involves nurturing young minds and hearts. It’s a profession that needs patience, empathy, and the ability to foster an environment in which athletes will not only improve their skills but also pick up valuable life lessons. You are more than a teacher as a coach; you are a mentor, a role model, and sometimes even a buddy. The different physical and psychological needs of children, adolescents, and adults require a readjustment in how you approach your coaching session.

In this post, you’ll learn about
Understanding your players
Be creative with your approach
Keep your cool at all times
Inspire them

If you’re starting out as a new coach, these tips are here to make things easier for you and help as you begin your journey or get better at what you do:

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Understanding your players:

Every athlete has their own learning style. As a coach, you must understand what motivates them and figure out the most effective techniques for coaching and enhancing their skills. The initial hook is fun; once they’re engaged, you can lead their skill development by introducing interesting drills for both practice sessions and at home.

Allow 15 minutes before each practice for athletes to work on their particular weaknesses and areas for improvement. The aim is to make this enjoyable for them. Understanding their strengths, limits, abilities, and needs allows you to personalize your coaching to their specific needs, thereby improving their skills and capacities. It is critical to fine-tune and customize your coaching technique based on each individual.

Be creative with your approach:

Kids will readily do things if they are appealing, fascinating, and exciting to them! Because their attention span is short they are likely to get bored quickly. Use different ways to make learning a fun process, something they look forward to every day! That is why it has always been said, don’t take the fun out of the sport no matter what age you are, even for paid professionals. 

It’s not just about teaching the fundamentals of a sport; it’s about igniting their passion and fostering a lifelong love for physical activity. Fun is the magic ingredient that keeps young athletes excited, engaged, and eager to come back for more. They are more likely to keep playing with the game in the long run if they associate it with enjoyment and friendships. Being consistent matters for their continuing physical and mental growth, allowing them to live healthier, more active lives.

Incorporate games, challenge them, help them work in teams, share your stories, and make it interactive. It should not feel like ‘coaching’ but a learning experience they voluntarily wish to attend. Think of your childhood and how you wished to be coached/taught and use that as a sounding board to plan your lessons. 

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Keep your cool at all times: 

While working with children it is easy to lose your cool and composure especially when you are teaching them something. Understanding them and being patient is important to make them comfortable and enjoy the process of learning. They should be at ease to ask you questions repeatedly and not fear your anger or frustration. Screaming at your athletes creates fear in them. That will reduce both their ability and willingness to play well in the future. Nothing will ever be perfect.

It is also necessary to be patient when talking with parents. Open communication between coaches and parents can help avoid parent-coach conflicts, which also helps to establish a secure learning environment. If you establish the rules and expectations, as well as your philosophy, everyone involved will be kept informed and at peace. 

When coaches have a patient mindset, it becomes easier to see that mistakes will ultimately lead to better performance.

Inspire them :   

Share your journey with them, talk and inspire them with different anecdotes of your career. Inspiring kids and giving them something to look forward to is a wonderful way to motivate them.

For starters, coaches serve as role models, encouraging children to give their all and push their limits. This kind of encouragement can lead to better performance, more self-confidence, and a lifelong love of sports. Beyond the game, inspirational coaching teaches vital life qualities such as teamwork, leadership, and resilience. Coaches who inspire children also encourage excellent qualities such as discipline, sportsmanship, and respect, which help youngsters build their character. 

To help cultivate a healthy attitude toward sports and competition in young athletes, keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Don’t forget that all of the wonderful lessons about life, courage, teamwork, and maturity that you believe sports may teach your child can also be learned by becoming a member of the school band, theatre club, or student council. 
  • Sports are not for everyone.
  • Don’t be spectators at a child’s game.
  • Don’t try to recreate your athletic life through your young athlete in an unhealthy manner. 
  • Don’t forget that as children grow older, their priorities can and will shift.
  • Don’t forget that regardless of how tall, big, fast, or even how skilled your child gets in sports, they are still just a kid and deserve to behave like one.
Coaching tips

Today’s emerging sports stars serve as a living barometer, reflecting the triumphs of their coaches, schools, and athletic programs. In an era where success is often quantified, these young athletes become the tangible proof of dedication and hard work. The mindset prevalent among schools, coaches, parents, and even the athletes themselves echoes the adage, ‘We only value what we can measure.’ Among the myriad opinions, some experts contend that an overwhelming majority of parents are inclined toward this perspective. But when the young athletes of these same parents are interviewed, their views tend to be overwhelmingly the opposite; most of these young athletes would rather play on a losing team than sit on the bench of a winning team!

We hope these tips can be helpful to you, some of these can also be used by parents and mentors to help kids/young athletes get better at something new. Now is the time to get them involved in sports, get in touch with us to know more about them!

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

Visit us at 209, C9, 2nd floor, Pearls Best Heights -2, NSP, Pitampura, Delhi

women protesting for inequality

A sad reality lies beneath the surface of the exhilarating world of sports, where performers test their limits and motivate millions. This reality is reflected in the stark pay gap between male and female athletes. On the field, court, and track, men and women demonstrate unmatched dedication, talent, and passion; nevertheless, the reward they receive from these stages tells a different story. 

We see and hear this news so often that many athletes have even voiced their opinions on it! Female athletes often receive over 50% less than male athletes do, and this is not restricted to any one sport!

According to Collins, equity is characterized as “the state of being just and reasonable, ensuring that all individuals are treated equally and fairly.” The best way to gauge equity is by looking at the contrasting compensation that men and women receive for performing similar tasks.

Most of the Athletes are involved with sponsorships and endorsements, but they don’t amount to the actual salaries they receive. Unequal pay is a serious issue as it discriminates between genders and is proof of bias in the country. 

Men may indeed have advantages in strength and speed, but sports involve more than just those things. For example, Women might be better at balance and flexibility, but this doesn’t mean that women in sports who need those skills are paid more than men. Are gymnasts or ice skaters paid more than men?! 

An example of this is the staggering pay gap between the highest-paid players in men’s and women’s cricket in India. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pays Smriti Mandhana 68.5 thousand US dollars per annum, which is 7% of Virat Kohli’s annual income of 952 thousand US dollars.

In another instance, the average salary for a male rugby union player in the English Premiership is around GBP150,000, while players with several international caps can earn up to GBP800,000 per annum. The clubs in the Premier 15s (the women’s equivalent of the English Premiership) are subject to a remuneration cap for the entire squad, meaning the clubs have a maximum of GBP190,000 to split between around 50 players.

Women and men are equal under the law, and women are also leaders, owners of Fortune 500 companies, and whatnot, they can do everything as well as men, however, in the sports field, they are often underpaid in front of men. Why so?

In professional tennis, there’s a difference in the number of sets played by men and women: men play five sets, while women play only three. This rule was made because people thought that women might not be as physically strong as men.

Even though women have shown they can play five sets and do well, those in charge (who were mostly men) believed that the games wouldn’t be as good if women played longer matches. But the quality of a game can drop for anyone, not just based on gender. So, using this as a reason to pay one gender more isn’t fair.

I suppose we have Billie Jean King, an iconic tennis player, to thank for initiating pay equality in the sport in 1973. Her efforts resulted in a change in the prize money for the US Open. Venus Williams, a tennis player, also advocated for equal prize money for female athletes in the most prestigious competitions.

 Wimbledon has paid both singles winners the same amount of prize money after 9 years of addressing the pay inequality. Since then, all four Grand Slam tournaments have offered equal prize money to male and female participants. Way to go, tennis! 

What can be done to solve this disparity?

female athlete runing

On the grassroots level, broadcasters and media can give equal TV time to both genders without bias. There are scenarios so often when a woman’s interview is cut short or not telecasted because there is a famous male player who shouldn’t be left waiting! The more the public sees women do brilliantly in every sport, the more they get motivated to see them! 

We root for people like us, don’t we? If every male child is inspired to be the next Virat Kohli, that is because they have had a chance to see them. They know Virat exists and plays this well, but what about little girls who play sports? Shouldn’t they have a chance to see Harmanpreet Kaur lead India, or Sakshi Malik win medals for the country? It’s time they see that women are as good as men are, and sometimes even better than them! 

Secondly, businesses should continue to invest in female sports teams and athletes through commercial partnerships and sponsorships, which will increase the visibility of female athletes. Everywhere we see today in ads and banners, it is mostly male athletes who are spread everywhere. Every major brand has either Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, or Suryakumar Yadav. Where do we see PV Sindhu, Mary Kom, and Saina Nehwal? 

There are many great examples where backing female athletes has resulted in a profit for the companies. EG- was the official sponsor of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 and launched the “Nothing is Impossible” campaign,

 which featured seven high-profile female athletes, including volleyballer Tifanny Abreu and basketball player Asma Elbadawi (who successfully challenged the International Basketball Federation in 2017 to lift their ban on religious headwear on the court). Making such high-profile partnerships with female athletes would only increase the exposure and profitability of women in sports in the future.

Finally, governing bodies should take notice and work together with male and female athletes to solve the pay gaps that exist in their sport. Taking inspiration from the recent event in Wales, when governing bodies encourage equality (especially when male athletes from the same sport support them), female athletes can be placed on a level playing field with their male counterparts, resulting in greater equity for female athletes.

As viewers, the only thing we can do is support them by watching them play, talking about them, and encouraging younger generations to look up to the best female athletes in the world! India has always been a land of opportunities, maybe it is time women saw that come true! 

Unified Sports has and will always support female athletes. We do our bit by organizing various sports camps for kids of both genders. Sport is for all, and we truly believe that! Get in touch with us today to enroll your child in our various sports camps, and international camps, or get their career in sports started! We cover all the bases and guarantee the result you want! Contact us at:

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

OUR location at 209, C9, 2nd floor, Pearls Best Heights -2, NSP, Pitampura, Delhi