10 Important Lessons I’ve Learned from Coaching Youth Sports

When you have kids, you start seeing the world through their eyes – and you definitely learn a lot from them.

I played a lot of sports growing up. And by a lot, I mean if you can think of it, I’ve probably played it at some level.

For me, personally, I enjoyed sports because I loved competing and learning athletic skills.

And thankfully, this passion translated into a career where I get to work with athletes.!

I could say that being in the world of sports and physical preparation all these years has taught me a thing or two about the coaching profession.

But coaching my own kids in sports for the last five years taught me some things that I wouldn’t have learned without them.

In this episode, I share 10 lessons I’ve learned from coaching youth sports and how they’ve influenced me as a coach.

I share some of the questions you should ask yourself,  to help you evaluate and improve your role as a coach, trainer, or rehab professional.

I reveal the three elements you need to check whenever you’re coaching youth sports and highlight the importance of creating a fun, engaging environment where it’s safe to make mistakes.

I also underscore the reason coaches and trainers should strive to be a positive influence on others and how they can move from a place of significance to a place of impact.


We want to evolve. As coaches, athletes, human beings, the goal is to make a mistake and learn from it. – Mike Robertson


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • Our power to control our effort and the value of hard work
  • Why I always tell every kid I work with to have fun
  • The importance of becoming a positive influence on the people you work with
  • Reps, reps, reps (and getting experience over information)
  • The inevitability of mistakes and using them as learning tools
  • The value of fostering an environment where clients and athletes can fail safely
  • The relationship between discomfort and growth
  • How to get clients and athletes to feel like they win in the gym every day
  • Why overnight successes aren’t real and the impact of striving for daily growth
  • The critical role of preparation and the difference between taking your craft seriously and taking yourself seriously
  • Why outcomes aren’t indicative of performance
  • Everything wrong with youth sports and why coaches need to teach young athletes the principles of the game
  • Moving from a place of significance and a place of impact


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