Do’s and dont’s of coaching children

As a coach and mentor it’s important to be able to provide encouragement and feedback in a way that is supportive and nurtures the development of the child.

When speaking with sports coaches and professionals there was a common consensus that recognised that building upon positive behaviours and rewarding children was preferential to focusing on weaknesses and criticism.

As children develop into adulthood it’s important for them to feel as though they can make mistakes and learn from them with a supportive network in place.

In this sports education based infographic the BelievePerform team look at the do’s and don’ts of coaching children.

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  • Teach transferable skills.
  • Respect.
  • Make sessions fun.
  • Praise effort.
  • Get to know the children you coach.
  • Be a role model.
  • Ask questions.
  • Plan.


  • Focus on a child’s weaknesses.
  • Yell at a child.
  • Criticise.
  • Lose you cool.
  • Blame a child for making a mistake.
  • Constantly tell children how to play and what to do.
  • Copy what other coaches are doing.
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