There’s a new sports FM Sports Radio show in the Bay Area: 95.7 The Game. It’s actually changed my listening preferences. I’m listening to it about 50% of the time now.
I like the personalities and the banter. They discuss my favorite teams (SF Giants and 49ers) mostly. And they have a lot of interesting guests.
It’s funny but when they talk about coaching and athletes, so much of what they say about the pros are things that youth sports coaches, parents and kids deal with.
Things like “work ethic, sportsmanship, effort, competitiveness, physical skills, etc.” You would have thought that these things would have been taken care of a long time ago.
But successful pro and college teams are successful for the same reasons that youth sports teams are. The players are athletic. They play as a team. They work hard.
The teams that aren’t successful have the same reasons. Though at the pro level many of the players are athletes. But they haven’t learned how to be team players. They haven’t learned how to work hard. They haven’t learned to sacrifice for the team.
And it’s the same thing for the coaches. The best coaches at any level are teachers, students of learning and philosophers. Most are practical, tough and not dogmatic.
I don’t think that youth coaches should model themselves after the pro coaches (unless that’s the level they want to go to). But there is a lot to be learned from them.
And obviously, a lot to teach the kids.