Children learn best when the environment created for them is fun, task specific & clear, and free of performance pressure… The following is a ‘recipe’ for developing healthy junior golfers/athletes.  This ‘recipe’ is taken from Mr. Chuck Hogan’s book Golf & The Intelligence of Play:

 

“This is a rare dish, only for the most discriminating of palates.  Many of your guests will like its presentation, while few will appreciate your efforts.

 

Unlimited amounts of unconditional acceptance

A limited number of rules without ambiguity

Every spice of play you can find

Lots and lots of various models

Appropriate equipment

Unlimited opportunity

A pinch of technical advice.”

 

An excellent resource on coaching & supporting junior athletes is The Positive Coaching Alliance, www.positivecoach.org.