Thank you to Catie Watson for letting Alison Foley contribute to your article on Qualities to Look For in a Children’s Sports Coach” for HERLIFE magazine. Here’s my quote:
I believe that Coaches represent one of the most powerful positions in our kids’ lives. Over time with good training, they can improve athletic skill and physical development which is very important. However, instantaneously with words, they can impact players minds. They can build up confidence or break it down. They can elevate self-worth or leave kids to question themselves. They can empower young athletes to believe in their dreams or strip these aspirations away. Very few athletes will play in college or go on to a professional level. Developing the physical skill set should be a secondary priority when choosing a coach. Finding a coach that will encourage, speak with motivating words and be kind when needing to be critical is the number one criteria in coach selection for young athletes.