Welcome to BalancedCoaches.com! The purpose of this site is to help make you a better coach for youth sports by sharing coaching philosophies, ideas, strategies, and techniques that you can use. The ultimate goal is that we build in kids a love of the game that keeps them playing all the way through their school years and beyond.
In the almost 20 years that I have been coaching youth sports, I’ve coached kids in soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, and football; from pre-K all the way through 8th grade. I’ve never coached at the high school level as my full-time job would not allow for the time commitment required of a high school coach. Throughout my years of coaching, I have coached teams that have won championships as well as teams that have struggled to win a game.
I’ve learned from my own mistakes and have used the observations of my peers to help me become better at what I do. I’ve seen many coaches become too focused on only one aspect of the coaching job. Some are hyper-focused on winning while others may actually be too focused on just having fun.
These observations led me to implement my own coaching philosophy that I call balanced coaching. If it sounds simple, that’s because the idea really is. Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid said it well:
Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand? … Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better.Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid
As youth coaches, we should want to strive to apply the same balance to our coaching techniques. Balance good, coaching good. Simple, but putting it into practice is often more complicated than one would expect.
I created this website to share what has worked for me, but by no means do I want to imply that my philosophy or strategies for implementing it are the only way to be successful at coaching youth sports. Nor do I make any guarantee that it will absolutely work for you. Having said that, I’ve seen my approach work in several instances so I suspect I am doing something well.
While there is a multitude of coaching resources on the Internet providing ideas for skills, practices and game strategies there is little devoted to coaching with a balanced philosophy. My intent with this site is to provide a mix of philosophies for better coaching while intermixing it with strategies to implement it through skills, drills, games, etc.
Hopefully you will find this information as useful as I have.
Now let’s get coaching!