Who Holds the Keys to Your Son’s Athletic Future

Who Holds the Keys to Your Son’s Athletic Future

Sports in America can be seen played or practiced seven days a week. Every parent thinks that their son will be the next ” It”. Little do they know that coaches hold the keys to their son’s future.

Over the past forty years of being involved in sports, I have observed coaches showing favoritism to certain players and unfair treatment to others. So called “super star” athletes get all of the attention while the kids that are not so talented  receive very little teaching. At this early stage, young athletes should be taught the basic fundamentals of the game. Coaches should  be spending more time developing this young talent, oppose to pushing them off to the side. On numerous occasions I have seen kids given little opportunity to improve in a skill position. Coaches seem to have very little support in seeing them achieve. When they make one mistake they are immediately pulled from the game and not given the chance to learn from their mistake. However, on the other hand, coaches super star kids can make the same mistake and remain in the game without anything being said. In some cases, the not so favorite kid feels that he can’t afford to make a mistake. This type of coaching keeps the athlete from playing to his full potential.   If coaches make positive impressions on these young athletes life, it will help them develop a love for the sport and hopefully they will want to  continue their athletic journey  to the next sporting level. Who holds the keys?

I always disagreed with coaches who followed his Pop Warner teams from a lighter weight class to the heavier weight class.  My problem with this thinking, athletes didn’t receive a different coaching style or philosophy of the game being played. Also, athletes that played a skill position continued to play that position without giving other athletes an opportunity to develop in a skill position. Some coaches fail to realize that these kids body will constantly change throughout each season.

I can recall when Frank Gore played for South West Boys Club. His coach at the time put him at full back and tight end. The coach at the time had a favorite player that he wanted to play running back oppose to Frank playing running back. Coaches reason was he fumbles the ball, so did others. when he moved up to the next weight class his coach  thought that he was best suited as a defensive lineman or linebacker and he was not given the opportunity  to play a skilled position. He was thought to be too slow. Luckily for Frank, this coach did not follow him to the heavier weight team. This was a critical time   for him because, after this weight class the next transition was high school football. To make a long story short, Frank Gore was coached by Mark Wynn and Roosevelt Donaldson. These were the two coaches that saw something in Frank that other coaches missed. Frank Gore was given the opportunity to play running back and went on to have a great High School and Colligate career. He is currently having  an outstanding Professional Career with the San Francisco 49ers.  You know the story, the rest is history.     

Not all will make it professionally, but they would have gotten the opportunity to play the game that they enjoyed playing. Who knows, some will go on to be good enough to earn  college scholarships and a select few will advance as a professional athlete. On a larger scale, most will just enjoy reminiscing with their friends of “how I use too”.

Coaches, you hold the keys to these young kids dreams. You play a major role in helping shape their future. You are a father figure to most, they look up to you for discipline and direction. So, the next time that you push a kid to the side, think twice because, you may have just overlooked the next Frank Gore.



By WCT 79

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