Thanks to Coach Creighton Burns for this list of Six Things Every Kid Should Expect from their Coach.
1. Be demanding– Expect great things from me. I’ll come up to them if I think you feel I can make it. Stretch me. Demand that I be respectful, neat, thorough, and punctual. Do not allow me to say, “I don’t know.” That is a cop-out. Demand that I think and help me to do such.
2. Be patient with me– You have several years on me in school and experience. Remember the teachers that had no patience with you? Explain. Let me ask questions. Show me. I want to achieve. Don’t make me ashamed for having asked a question, even if it may seem stupid. And give me an honest answer. Don’t fake me out. If you don’t know the answer, please say so. I won’t feel so stupid at times if I hear you say, “I don’t know.”
3. Teach me that the world does not revolve around me– I know my parents think that, but it isn’t realistic. Show me how to fit into the group and yet never compromise my convictions or morals. Teach me to work by myself and to have confidence that I can achieve.
4. Speak with authority– Don’t give up on me. I will test you to see if you truly believe what you say. Just make sure that what you say you can carry out. Don’t be afraid of my parents. They, too, may test you from time to time.
5. Teach me a way of life– Don’t say there are many ways.. find the one you want. Books may be important, but how to live in this world is more important.
6. Make sure that I take the consequences for whatever I do– Get on me when you have to but prepare me to live a realistic life. Teach me to work and learn responsibility. The idea that school should always be fun is not realistic in preparing me for life. Don’t eliminate crisis from my life. After all, life is one crisis, test and trial after another. Don’t accept my handicaps as excuses.