Strive toward what you want to achieve
From defensive footwork, finishing, scoring scenarios on and off the dribble to conditioning and physical fitness.
It has to be something that youth want and crave.
All kids are different.
Some get it, some don't.
Some who don't get it catch on later and become great.
Some kids who have it early lose love for the game and choose another hobby.
A lot of factors come into play but as a coach developing youth, you have to do what's best for the athlete.
Encouragement and positivity is going to show the kid love.
That you care.
That it's ok to make mistakes.
Successful people in life learn that when you fall, it's ok.
Just pick yourself back up and work harder, keep striving for what you want and what you believe you can do.
This must be a lesson taught in basketball.
Maybe the most important lesson a kid will ever learn in life.
Being positive and encouraging also allows the youth to enjoy what the process of playing this sport.
It may be the difference in a youth training once a week and training more.
It may be the difference in a kid staying home playing video games or going outside and practicing shooting.
A good coach gives of energy and that energy carries over to other areas of life.