How To Coaching Junior Team

As a coach of a junior or school team, you should always be in teaching mode when working with your team, especially during a match. Your first aim should be to teach them the game so that enjoyment becomes a feature of every game. Winning will become more important when the players grow into their teenage years and beyond.

It is important to comment on concerning aspects of the game as early as possible, giving the players less time to forget what happened and you the time to reinforce a good aspect in the team’s or a player’s game efforts.

Don’t overload the players with too many ideas at each break. Obviously select a small number of the important issues to highlight, noting down other issues to mention after the game and discuss at your next practice. Keep a diary of the points you make to the players for further discussion later.

Obviously, there are a number of times before, during and after the game when a coach has the opportunity to talk to his players as a group or on a one to one basis with individual players. Some sports provide more opportunities e. g. Australian Football, Netball, Basketball; each having three official breaks during the game. Some sports allow runners to deliver messages during the game. In junior sport, the best results come from adult runners who have played the game and can “talk the talk”.

Below, I detail how I went about the process of giving team talks.


• I would begin by putting the playing positions on the board and discuss what the team rotations were and the rationale for any new positional changes.
• I would discuss our team plan, in simple terms.
• When necessary, I would mention opposition players to watch.
• Game playing conditions would be noted e. g. windy or wet conditions.
• Lastly, I would spell out one or two team goals for the first section of the game.

Game breaks:

• I would comment on the things well done first.
• Then I would comment on success or otherwise in following instructions.
• Point out where the game plan was not followed.
• Give players some advice on what they need to do.
• Give them one or two goals for the next passage of play.
• Where necessary, talk privately to players who need personal instructions or advice.
• Discuss positional changes.
• Review what needs to be done to improve.
• Finally I would give instructions on what needs to be done to win or improve the performance.

There may seem to be too many things to say and do. However, many of the ideas can be combined to reduce the discussion. As well, some could be discussed as the players relax with refreshment while others are discussed just prior to the game recommencing.


• Offer praise to the team on aspects of the game that were well done.
• Comment on players who did well, particularly on players performing above expectations.
• Review the game discussing what worked well and what needs improvement.

Keep your post-game comments short, keeping in mind that tired players can’t concentrate well enough to retain ideas.

Next game:

• Tailor your training to improve on the mistakes made in the last game.
• Review each game at the next training discussing what needs to be done to improve the team’s performance.
• Remember the “Kiss” principle. (KISS- keep it simple stupid)

The use of a runner:

• The runner’s chief purpose is, in junior games, is first and foremost one of educating the players about how best to play the game. It could include praise and well as ideas to improve.
• The runner might need to know the number of the player to whom the instructions are to be given to avoid mistakes.
• Kept instructions simple.
• Encourage the runner to get out to and back from the player quickly with no discussion. He/she is to just give the instruction.

It is important to understand that you may not need to do all these things every game. How much you need to do will depend on the age and experience of the members of your team. I developed my own Proforma that I had with me on a clip board during the game. This Proforma contained the team playing positions, a place for comments on each of the above subheadings as well as a place to record comments about the game and players during the game. I kept these to use in my forward planning for the team and it was useful in writing reports on games and in determining who might receive game awards and trophies on Presentation Night.

Things You Should Prepare Before Climbing

Kids are natural climbers, so the growing sport of indoor rock climbing carries a lot of allure for the younger set. Many rock gyms have classes for kids as young as four, and it’s a super way to spend time as a family. Sign everyone up for a seminar or training course and get started with the right technique and knowledge of safety basics.

Individual Achievement

Rock climbing offers kids amazing opportunities for individual achievement, and it’s exciting to master new maneuvers and improve on speed, agility and fundamental climbing moves. It’s a great way for kids to challenge themselves and overcome fears in a safe, supervised environment. For youngsters who aren’t interested in team sports, rock climbing offers a more individual athletic pursuit that can also be done as a group. Because climbing often involves a climber and a belayer, it’s also a social sport.

Mental and Physical Skills

Hanging onto tiny toe holds and moving upward quickly develops strength and agility. Rock climbing isn’t just a physical challenge; it also requires a lot of mental exercise, planning and anticipating each move to get to the top. It’s good to look up and scope out a route ahead of time so you can get in position to make the right moves.

Safety Checks

Always climb safely and be sure your kids know the basic safety and courtesy rules at the rock gym. Climbers should always make sure knots are tied properly, their harness is buckled and double-backed and the rope is securely strung through the connection points of the harness. The belayer needs to make sure the harness is buckled and double-backed, the carabiner is locked and the rope is exiting the belay device tail-side down.

Look Out Below

When you take your kids climbing, it can be helpful to do a bit of coaching from below. You can suggest where to put hands or feet next, unless you youngster prefers to do it all on his own. It’s also a good idea to tell your kids to give you a heads-up if they’re starting to fall by calling out “falling” as a warning to the belayer.

Powers of Observation

Rock gyms are full of all levels of climber, and a great way for kids to improve their own technique is by watching others and making mental notes. By observing and practicing new climbing techniques, youngsters develop the muscle memory that pushes skills to a new level. Also, the more you climb, the better your balance, speed and forearm strength become.

Saving Strength

Generally, the legs are stronger than the arms, so conserving forearm strength is important in climbing. Climbers should try to keep weight carried mostly by the legs, using arms for balance and shifting weight. Moves requiring a lot of upper body movement should be accomplished as quickly as possible to conserve arm strength.

Basic Gear

When your kids first start rock climbing, rent equipment at the gym for the first few times to make sure they’re interested to warrant investing in gear of their own. Basic equipment consists of a climbing harness, a rocking carabiner to attach a belay device to the harness, and chalk to keep fingers and palms dry to minimize slipping. Like all climbers, kids should rent shoes for a while until they get to know they type of shoe that suits their climbing style.

From birthday parties to family outings and an afternoon with pals at the rock gym, this amazing sport is ideal for kids of all ages and a great way to keep the kids active and off the couch this winter! Join them and you just might find yourself addicted to this growing fitness trend.

Tips To Manage Running Charity

We all have special causes that pull at our heartstrings. It may be diabetes or heart disease, Alzheimer’s or cancer, abused women and children or a local event to help a citizen of the community. Most often the cause is something dear, a disease or condition that a love one has or has had or that took away a life. Fulfilling the role of organizer and project coordinator is a job you might enjoy. It will enrich your life and add to your personal sense of well-being while increasing awareness for friends and neighbors. Two years ago I began our local walk/run for Alzheimer’s disease. Each year it has grown and each year more people express their thanks that they can participate in something important and know that they are making a difference.

So suppose you want to design a walk/run. First, find a locale. Do you want the event inside where you count time or laps or outside where you set up a course? Do you have a distance in mind? A first event might just be a 3K (about 1.5 miles) or if you are in the gym, say, 50 laps. It is not hard to make the event longer, it just takes a bit more planning to get the course outlined. Name your event something that relates to the cause, something fun and catchy. Play with words until the right combination emerges. Add a logo, too, again something that relates to the cause and/or the day of the event. Decide on price and a goal. Is your goal big money or public awareness? In my town we charge $25 for adults and they receive a great long-sleeved shirt. We pay about $11 for these through a local business. People love them and rave about the quality and how nice it was to have long sleeves. The rest of the proceeds stay local for Alzheimer’s education and caregiver respite.

To get the community involved you will need publicity such as posters, flyers, radio announcements, and community interest spots on television. Most folks in charge of radio and TV stations are helpful and supportive. Recruit high school students to distribute posters and flyers, do radio and TV spots, manage the route or count laps on event day, and run errands for you. Honor society and student council members are always looking for service hours and your cause might be a perfect fit.

The night before the event run around and grab all of the essentials: PA system, tables and chairs for registration helpers, special notes for the announcer, treats for after the event, and so forth. Rise early the morning of and check out the course for obstacles and surprises. Then head to the start line a couple of hours early. Have paper and pens for registration, shirts organized by size (if you are handing them out), raffle prizes or other items folks can win just for attending and supporting the cause, and goodies for the finish line. At our walk/race we have bananas, water, and chocolate milk. You may not know this but that last one is the prized award at many races and coveted by runners. Local businesses will usually donate to a cause as worthy as yours.

If you are inside play music; if you are outside have people along the route with their radios playing or have the local high school cheerleaders in uniform chanting and singing as well as directly the flow of participants. These add to the festivities. It is fun to take pictures of people beforehand or out on the route. It is an excellent gift and good PR for next year. Local sports teams like to help out and it is a fine way to get community recognition. The track and cross-country teams are ideal for running events as are wrestlers, soccer, volleyball, and basketball players. Kids come and so do their parents and friends.

It is really pretty easy to start an event – a little pre-planning, a little publicity, some volunteers for registration, an announcer, people along the route to send runners/walkers in the right direction, and awards at the end. Everyone leaves with that satisfied feeling of having participated in an important cause.

How To Shoot Like Pro

Have you followed the rifle shooting event at the Olympics every time it is aired on TV? Are you interested in learning the art and try your hand at shooting? Have you enrolled yourself in a prestigious rifle shooting academy? That is a good beginning. Shooting is all about focus, concentration, timing, accuracy and precision. Lifting the rifle or handgun, aiming at the target and firing may sound easy just to listen. But in actual, practicing the art is very difficult and it requires special skill set. The shooting academy have a structured course work where in they teach everything about guns, rifles, ammunition, target shooting aiming etc.

But to perfect in an art and become a professional shooter, one must practice hard and also follow expert advice. There are five prime tips that professional shooters share for the benefit of aspiring shooters. Here they are:

Learn theory

The first step towards becoming a professional shooter is to learn the theory behind shooting. Knowledge of guns, their body, their make, how to load and unload bullets, how to dismantle a gun and assemble them back, how to clean a gun, how to fire the trigger etc are some basics that every shooter should know first and foremost. Apart from these, one must also test their vision and assure they have the best eyesight before beginning their dedicated training.

Use sights to assist in shooting

Many shooters will have a problem with hand control and accuracy. The professional shooters suggest these amateurs to try their drills by supporting their body on the ground or on a bench by placing the rifle firmly on the ground so that it does not shake. Also they can use sights and scopes to assist them in firing the target. This will be really helpful for the beginners.

Laser driven shooting

Among the sights that assist shooting, laser range finders are the most appropriate for first time shooters. Above the firing pin, there will be a laser streaming through which one can identify where they should shoot- the exact location. These laser training devices help one to get good hold over the target positioning and hand eye co-ordination. There is a laser ammo training concept as well which shooting academies use to train their students so that their shots are perfect and hit the bull’s eye with great accuracy.

Trigger control

According to professional shooters, if one can master the art of trigger control, they have cleared half their struggle. Different guns have different triggers and hence each one must be handled differently. To overcome poor trigger control, the shooters must understand sight alignment and trigger pull. Initially, instructors teach how to fire by guiding the shooters to pull trigger. But as they understand the concept, to master in kinesthetic the instructor allows the shooter to fire their target themselves. This increases their expertise and polishes their skills.


Every professional practice an art called Go-to-drill that helps them to train better. Each professional has his own drill pattern namely ball and dummy or focus drill at close range, dry fire and coin on sight, first shot drill etc which helps them to turn competitive and build their skill set. Following this and practicing rigorously can try a newbie shooter into a specialist within some time.