Creating the Environment
1. Accept responsibility for the success of your program.
2. Be present. You can’t coach from the office. You must be physically present at each workout.
3. Go over the rules and expectations of the program and facility before any training begins. Include a written copy. Be consistent in your enforcement of the rules. Make safety first.
4. Keep your facility well-lit and clean, with all weights returned to plate storage after use. Use collars on all barbells.
5. Make sure your workouts are appropriate for the age and experience level of your athlete. Your teaching progressions should advance from simple to more advanced exercises.
6. Consider calling sets, having your athletes begin a set on your command or whistle. Calling the sets will allow you to control the tempo of the workout and help keep the kids more engaged.
7. Don’t overload the room with more athletes than the facility and the coaching staff can handle safely and efficiently.
Coaching the Kid
8. Call your kids by their name at least once a day.
9. Regularly talk to your athletes about things other than their sport and strength and conditioning.
10. Recognize successful participation in your program. This recognition may begin with simple participation t-shirts for the youngest athletes. Older, more experienced athletes will be on a merit based system. Whatever your award system, make sure your athletes understand it.