Whether coaching a childs youth team, a junior high school team, a high school team, or a college team, coaches require the same kind of qualities to be successful.

  1. Patience: The younger the players, the more patients you must have. You cannot expect everyone to latch on the skill being taught at the same time. Our challenge will be to get them to pay attention to you and follow your instructions. For those who don't, you must leave a reminder of the reason they are there. 
  2. Discipline: In addition to patience, you must also maintain control of the team. You don't want anyone goofing around and distracting the rest of the team. Sure everyone wants to have fun. But the main objective is to learn how to play the sport. For those who are misbehaving, you can add extra drills (ie. running) or talk to their parents about their behaviour. You must take control, your players are not going to take your discipline seriously. I don't mean that you have to be a tyrant. Just let them know what you expect from them, namely their attention and effort, and stay consistent. 
  3. Be Fair: Treat everyone on your team equally. Team rules are meant for everyone, not just some players. The quickest way to cause tension is to let one player get away with something. 
  4. Commitments: When you decide to become a coach, you are making a large commitment. A team that is depending on you and looking at you as its leader and "expert" on the sport. Dont let them down! Always be at practice, be enthusiastic, and show concern for their development. 
  5. Lead By Example: Being on time is an excellent way to lead by example. But there are many other ways. You must realize that your kids are watching your every move. If they see you perform a questionable act, they may also think it's ok for them to do. You must be mindful of this at all times, whether it's during a game or at practice. 
  6. Be Willing To Learn: Never think that you know all there is to know about a sport. Even after all the years I have coached and played, I am still learning different techniques, always trying to improve myself as a coach. 
  7. Keep Everyone involved: Whether its a practice or a game, dont have anyone  sitting on the sidelines for an extended period of time. Obviously there will be times when you're working on things like an offence, with just a set number of players. That's fine, But you have to get everyone involved at some point. 
  8. Be Thick Skinned: One of the downsides of coaching is being criticized. For a new coach, this can be devastating.
  9. Perform The Skills Of The Sport: Since you will be called upon to demonstrate drills to your players, you must be able to do them. This only makes sense. 
  10. Have A Practice Plan: Practice is very important, and there never seems to be enough of it. So make sure you don't waste any of it. Take the time to make a plan before practice. Also consult assistants about the practice before hand.