What changed my outlook on youth coaching was hearing the kids talk about their former coach. Boys and girls of all age groups, and ability levels spoke from the heart about how Murray’s positive attitude inspired them to live their lives a different way, inspired them to be better people. No kids spoke about how Murray, taught them how to perform a turn Messi would be proud of, or a finish that even Ronaldo would stand up and applaud. Up until last night, I believed our role as youth coaches was to make better soccer players but I was wrong, our role is to inspire children in a positive way through soccer, regardless of their ability. Just because a kid can’t play to the level of another, doesn’t mean they don’t have the same sensitivity to criticism and praise. We must always remember the kids we coach are kids first, soccer players second.
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