Being a coach now is very different from being a coach back in the day. Even just 10, 15, or 20 years ago saw a different style of coaching working well for kids. Today, young athletes are presented with lots of options, so coaches need to tailor their styles a bit to ensure they’re connecting with this generation in a way that’s positive and fulfilling.
Rodney Webb is the head football coach at Rockwall High School in Texas and president of the Texas High School Coaches Association. This week, he shares tips from his nearly 30 years in coaching.
It comes down to finding a balance between pushing kids and demanding discipline and focus and making sports fun for them and rewarding in different ways. Coaches tend to follow the model of how they were coached as kids when they develop their own methods. That can be problematic when the game has changed as much as it has, so coaches need to adapt so they can keep kids stimulated and engaged.
What You’ll Learn
- Manage players and the pressures of social media
- Seek mentorship from other coaches
- Establish relationships with players and parents
- Play and practice smarter, not harder
- Keep it real with kids
“This is my passion. It’s my calling. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and it’s all I’ve ever done.” -Rodney Webb
“As a coach, I’m not one of those guys that really coached in a program under anybody that was really legendary. I coached several places and coached with a lot of good guys, but honestly, it’s a few guys that I coached with along the way that a lot of people have never heard of that really had the biggest impact on me.” -Rodney Webb
“You’ve got to find that balance. Football is a tough sport and the discipline it requires — you’ve got to demand those things. But you also, as a coach, have to make it fun for them. There’s got to be some redeeming value that the kids see or they’re going to go do something different.” -Rodney Webb
“Trying to manage social media and just keeping things real with our kids is a bigger challenge than it’s ever been before.” -Rodney Webb
“We tend to coach the way we were coached and the game has changed so much that if you haven’t been around the game in the past 15 or 20 years, it’s a lot different now.” -Rodney Webb
You can follow Rodney Webb on Twitter @jacket4life.