Advice on playing time from Coach Mike Candrea

April 19, 2010, 12 a.m. (ET)

Each week Responsible Sports and Positive Coaching Alliance come together to deliver a parenting and coaching tip to inbox’s across the country. The coaching tip this week is:

One way to make sure you give each player an appropriate amount of playing time is to have a detailed plan going into the game or tournament, and stick to it no matter what the score is or what your tournament record is.

Playing time is often a tough subject for coaches when you factor in different players at different levels of development, trying to balance a winning mentality with the development side of youth sports, and then fold in parents’ opinions and views, it can be quite daunting at times! Responsible Sports has tackled this issue head with some different tips and tools to help manage this type of an issue.

Watch Coach Candrea talk about positive reinforcement he always gives to his players.

You can also get some great tips about Coaching for Mastery Tools about how you can help your youth players focus on what they can control, and how you as a coach can impact that.

The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports TM program supports volunteer youth sports coaches and parents who help our children succeed both on and off the field. We offer many youth sports resources including $2,500 community grants, instructional videos, weekly tips, peer and expert advice, and coursework for those interested in improving the youth sports experience for all involved.