GRASSROOTS TEAMBUILDING

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NOT ALL CHILDREN WILL BECOME ELITE ATHLETES BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN , ALL CHILDREN WILL BECOME ADULTS AND HEREIN LIES OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AND RESPONSIBILITY.

Youth Sport Coaching is a complex and multidimensional where the coach can be expected to assume many different roles. Instructor , teacher , trainer , motivator , disciplinarian , substitute parent , social worker , friend , scientist , student , manager , administrator and publicity fundraiser.”  ( Gummerson 1992 ,Smoll and Smith 1996 )

Most coaches become involved because their Children take up the sport , they have very limited formal training and their reference points are often how they were coached when they were younger or through watching other coaches from a distance . Therefore the average coach is active for 5 years or less. We can conclude that many coaches may lack the eseential  knowledge to enhance the Youth Sport experience and make it FUN for participants.

The physical attributes and  the technical skills  are rarely the be all and end all in determining the teams ability to succeed .Instead it is the team environment or atmosphere that determines how much children will enjoy their sporting experience. Team chemistry ( unity  , cohesion) goes a long way toward helping and inspiring a group of children achieve their goal both individually and as a team. The dynamic process of creating a cohesive team unit brings up many questions with regard to team unity where both task , activities  and behaviour , both individually and collectively in social situations are involved in the team building process.

Improper Team Building can alienate individuals and  develop cliques . A good and well planned Team Building can help build  acceptance within the group of certain  roles and responsibilities where a dedicated group can together participate in the development and nurturing  of a positive environment and  work towards a common goal thus  IMPROVING COACH –ATHLETE and ATHLETE – ATHLETE releationships.

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