Everyone in the sports community is feeling the impact of COVID-19, and as a coach, you’ve likely spent a lengthy amount of time figuring out how you can best help your athletes stay positive and motivated.
While we all understand that practising distancing and staying home is essential in protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our communities, it has certainly been tough on athletes who were looking forward to finishing up or starting their seasons.
Although social distancing from one another is vital to flattening the curve, that doesn’t mean we can’t reach out to our colleagues and athletes to check in on how they are coping at this time.
So, if you’re a coach or an administrator looking for ways on how to support athletes on your team, or in your organization, this article’s for you.
We would also like to note that while this article contains information regarding how to assist your athletes in this time that ultimately, you know your athletes best. What is provided here are researched ideas that may or may not be entirely relevant for your age grade, gender, or class of athlete.
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Just because we have to stay home and keep social distancing, doesn’t mean we need to be limited in our communication with our coaching staff and athletes. There are many free, digital platforms and apps that allow people to stay connected. Check out our list of available virtual communications:
It’s also important to acknowledge that The Rule of Two – which may not seem as relevant right now as during physical interactions, is still an important practice. Remember to copy other members of your coaching on emails and direct messages with your athletes, and always ensure there is at least one trained coach and one screened adult on any of the voice or video call platforms that we have included in this article.
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We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of #COVID19: #StayHome and practice #PhysicalDistancing if you must go out.During this challenging time, it's also important to connect with friends & family — call, video chat, or play an online game: https://t.co/uyIBSxOOm2— Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (@Sunnybrook) April 1, 2020
We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of #COVID19: #StayHome and practice #PhysicalDistancing if you must go out.During this challenging time, it's also important to connect with friends & family — call, video chat, or play an online game: https://t.co/uyIBSxOOm2
While this period leaves lots of uncertainty for adults, children are also feeling the impact of not seeing friends, playing sports and going on playdates. Some valuable information from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health informs us that ‘Young people may also sense the anxiety of their parents, and worry about their own health and that of other family members.’
Provide recipes, workouts and training that athletes can do at home. Provide resources to have them review and look over. Set up group calls during the would-be practice dates and times to maintain a social connection within the team and let them know you are there for them. And don’t be afraid to ask what they need at this time.
As a first step, you may consider to:
While contacting your athletes is important – don’t forget about their parents. Parents have played a vital role in youth sports in getting kids to practice, tournaments and being their biggest supporters. They are seeing first hand the effects of this pandemic and what it is doing to their children. They can potentially help provide info on what the kids may need from you. If you are a coach that has parent meetings from time-to-time, see what the interest is in hosting one virtually.
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A list of online classes and live streams dedicated to helping you keep active no matter the circumstances right now:@barrebelleinc @YYOGA @MISFITSTUDIO @PlanetFitness @fitnessbysaraht @DoYogaWithMe @downdogapp @wellandtight @FitnessBlender @PayChen https://t.co/s3rRSro3Ga
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It's important to be informed about the latest news around #COVID19, but sometimes too much information can do more harm than good. Here's a few tips on managing your information. Stay safe and resilient! #MentalHealthIsHealth pic.twitter.com/W3uAS4Zecq— CAMH (@CAMHnews) April 2, 2020
It's important to be informed about the latest news around #COVID19, but sometimes too much information can do more harm than good. Here's a few tips on managing your information. Stay safe and resilient! #MentalHealthIsHealth pic.twitter.com/W3uAS4Zecq
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