Good article on coaching the Millennial athlete

Jeff Janssen has posted another great article of general interest on coaching. It’s definitely worth reading if you are coaching the age group known as Millennials — those born roughly between 1982 and today.

If you’re a Boomer like me, you’ve no doubt noticed that today’s kids are very different than we were. In particular, they tend not to just go out and play sports for the fun of it. Either some adults need to organize their sports for them, or they don’t play. They also tend to be rather fragile as a group. They’ve grown up sheltered and protected from criticism and negativity for the most part (think helicopter parents), and thus have a tough time with the failure involved in sports — especially softball.

If you’re a Gen Xer, don’t feel too superior. According to the article, your age group has a lot of trouble relating to the Milennials as well, for many of the same reasons. You were brought up differently and approached your sports differently. In fact, you may find their inability to handle criticism or failure even more frustrating because they look more like you, and you’re not as far from being them as the Boomers are.

Here’s a link to the article itself. I highly suggest you give it a read.


About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on September 4, 2008, in Coaching. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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