Ulster GAA Coaching and Games Development Conference 2009 Are Adults Destroying Children’s Play Common Goals, Different Roles Paudie Butler National Hurling Coordinator
Cubs at Play
Children Are they human? Are they fully human? Are they equal? Have they rights? Who will defend those rights?
Adults Protecting the Young From Danger
The Rights of the Child in Sport • The right to participate in sport • The right to participate at a level comensurate with age and ability • Right to qualified adult leadership • The right to play as a child and not as an adult • The right to share in decision making • The right to a safe and healthy environment • The right to proper preparation • The right to equal opportunity • The right to be treated with dignity • The right to have fun in sport
The Role of the Coach: Peaceful Warrior Fighting for freedom From: fear, hatred, anxiety, depression, anger For: respect, friendship, integrity, confidence
Markings-Seamus Heaney We marked the pitch: four jackets for four goalposts, That was all… And then we picked the teams… Youngsters shouting their heads off in a field As the light died and they kept on playing Because by then they were playing in their heads… It was quick and constant, a game that never need Be played out… There was fleetness, furtherence, untiredness In time that was extra, unforeseen and free.
“Parenting isChild’s Play” -David Coleman, Psychologist The golden age of learning (7-11 years of age)
All living things including humans have an actualising tendency and given the opportunity and the right environment will proceed to become all that is built into them. They will achieve their potential - Carl Rogers, Psychologist How can we create the right environment?
Children learn to Read so they can Read to learn Children learn to Play so they can Play to learn
Child’s Needs Adult Adult • Competent • Confident • Calm • Assertive • Kind • Aware • Independent • Stimulation • Competition • Instruction • Boundaries • Attention • Safety • Security
Trust Competence Reliability Good teams become great teams when the members trust each other enough to surrender the me for the we
Game commitment preparation Coach mediator enjoyment satisfaction participation attendance Child Team The Coach is the Mediator who ensures everything is adapted to child’s age, maturity and experience.
Coaching Model Knowledge of the Game Skills Tactics Traditions Teacher Trainer Coaching Skills Model Motivator Minder Organiser Assertive Creative Kind Personal Qualities Confident Humble Calm Respectful Competent Enthusiastic Fair Honest Trustworthy Courage Reliable Committed
2009 Knowledge of the Game Skills Tactics Traditions Teacher Trainer Coaching Skills 1990s Model Motivator Minder Organiser Assertive Creative Kind 1960 Personal Qualities Confident Humble Calm Respectful Competent Enthusiastic Fair Honest Trustworthy Courage Reliable Committed
National Initiatives to make Children’s Sport fit for Children Nursery Programmes: U-Can Awards GoGames Blitzes ABC’s Play and Stay in May School’s Coaching New Coach Education Programmes: Coaching Officer For every club Child Protection Tutor Training
Passion and Compassion My philosophy of Coaching – Phil Jackson, Sacred Hoops Passion gives us the energy to Prepare, Research, Develop new Ideas and Tactics Compassion gives Empathy, Warmth, Calmness, Humanity, Friendship
Passion without Compassion is Dangerous Compassion without passion is Aimless • Children not getting a game • Game postponed • Tone too harsh • Training too long • Training without the ball • Equipment not suitable • Win at all costs • Skills not taught • Children not developing • Not enough challenge • Not enough incentive • Club Spirit not enhanced
Adults who behave destructively should not be given the task of coaching Children just because they want to.All Adults have a capacity to build or destroy, to make or to break.
Destructive Behaviour • Criticism • Impatience • High-Anxiety • Negative Attitude • Lack of Integrity • Sarcasm • Bad Language • Unprepared • Bullying • Poor Communication Skills • Lack of Empathy • Win at all Costs
The club must recruit and train competent caring people so that we can provide the right environment where children can fulfil their potential.
Golden Rule for Coaches Start on Time Finish on Time Say what You’ll Do Do what You Say Say “Please” and “Thanks”
Unless you become like little Children you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven Are Adults Destroying Children’s Sport?
From Hayes’ Hotel to here 125 years Growing