Kids who have ADHD can successfully practice sports. Most of the time, they will have to try out several ones to see which ones they'll do best in. ADHD, or any other neurological disorders for that matter, shouldn't stay in the way of a kid that wants to play a sport.
When you coach kids with ADHD you will face some challenges. However, there are some useful tips that will help you make this process easier, both for you and the kids.
The parents have to communicate with the coach
First of all, remember that no one knows kids better than their own parents. Make sure that you communicate with them, talk about any worries you might have and mention all the problems that might come up during practice.
You need to work with the parents if you want to successfully coach kids with ADHD. Team sports are particularly challenging for them, so ask the parents about anything that will help you coach them appropriately.
How to manage and coach kids with ADHD
- Don't humiliate them. ADHD kids do not respond well to punishments or any of behavior that will make them feel embarrassed or humiliated. Unfortunately, some coaches believe that if they punish kids, they will make them pay more attention next time, but it rarely works. Instead, trying to help kids understand a certain drill will do the trick.
- Don't let them get bored. Kids with ADHD get easily distracted and bored if they just sit around waiting for their turn. You definitely don't want that, so make sure that practice time is filled with energy, movement, that it's continuous and also interesting for kids. It has to ensure they join in and don't get distracted by something else.
- Coach them one-on-one. Kids with ADHD don't do very well when they have to perform a task in a group. The best thing you can do as a coach is to explain the tasks they have to perform individually, so that you'll know that they understand what they have to do.
- Double-check. Even if the kids said that they know what they have to do, ask them again and even tell them to repeat what they heard. You don't want kids to be confused afterwards and walk around not knowing what to do.
- Be aware of where they are during a game. Kids with ADHD may often find themselves in the situation of forgetting the purpose of the game and what they have to do. Make sure that you pay attention to these types of situations, so that you'll be able to quickly handle any issues that may arise.
- Losing a game is not their fault. Some kids will believe that it's their fault that their team lost the game. Try to make them understand right from the very beginning that the results of a game are the results of teamwork and that no one in particular is responsible for a failure, especially not them.
- Emphasize their strengths. Analyze the kids' behavior and see what they're good at. Afterwards, integrate it into their practice and games, so that they will do more of what they know best. It will make them feel more confident and happy.
If you do all of these things, you will successfully coach kids with ADHD and you will help them play a sport they love without making them feel frustrated or left out.
Keeping track of logistics
As a coach, besides being responsible for every kid, you also need to prepare the logistics for every game. With TSI products you can keep track and manage all the aspects that go into organizing a championship or a game.
For example, with PTS Logistics you will be able to reserve and check the status of a certain facility.
If you want to find out more about how our products can help you with team management, just contact us.