Active for Life: Coaches

Active for Life is a national initiative about physical literacy.

We provide information, advice, and resources for parents who want to raise active and successful kids. Being physically literate helps children to be better baseball players, and better athletes.

Here are our key articles for coaches:

Top 5 reasons kids play sports

Study after study comes up with the same result. Kids play sports for the fun of it. And not having fun is one of the major reasons 70 percent of kids quit playing sports by the time they’re 13.


parent-coaching6 tips to help coaches teach parents about LTAD

Your provincial association has adopted long-term athlete development (LTAD) for your sport. What does that mean for you? It means you should learn the basics of LTAD so you can be sure that you know how to coach it. Here’s what you need to know.


parent-coaching7 benefits of coaching your child’s team

By coaching your child’s team, you’re likely to find that the benefits for you are just as rewarding as they are for your kids, including skills development, learning new life lessons, getting fit, and having fun.


Walking the walk: the coach as role model

Coaches and parents set the tone for players and children who are participating in sports. Winning is great, but the way you win is also rewarding. And kids are still developing, so the key is to support having fun.


great-coachingThe secret to coaching success has nothing to do with game scores

A great coach is motivational, inspiring, and passionate; the heart and soul of the team.


Specialization: What does it really mean?

Early and premature sport specialization creates the danger that children will get overuse injuries and burnout; thus parents need to start by understanding what specialization means.


minor-hockey-coachingMy role as a minor hockey coach: developing athletic players

Encouraging 9- and 10-year-old kids to play other sports during the off-season will not only make them better hockey players, but also help to prevent overuse injuries and burn out.


girls-soccer-sportsmanship6 steps to teaching sportsmanship to kids

Developing sportsmanship in children and youth athletes is a long-term process where parents and coaches need to evaluate their own sporting and sport values and provide modelling examples of sportsmanship to kids.


Jaime_Lil-Oscars_612I had to learn how to teach preschoolers how to move

This soccer coach learned how to help children run effortlessly, turn precisely, and coordinate their limbs.



communicate-with-soccer-coachParent expectations in soccer: How to communicate with coaches

Kids choose to play a competitive sport because of their enjoyment of the game itself. It’s therefore important coaches understand that ensuring your child has fun and develops the appropriate skills is your primary goal.


respect-in-sports_girlParents screaming in the stands? Here’s what you can do

Respect Group delivers the Respect in Sport programs to teach parents and coaches how to behave with kids during kids sports and kids activities.


boy-in-bleachers_bully-coachHow to deal with a bully coach

If your child has a bully coach for their youth sports team, here are 8 steps to deal with the abusive coach and prevent coach abuse of athletes.

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