Russell Wilson Says Adults Should ‘Coach Kids Harder’: We’re Just Letting Them Get Away With Stuff Nowadays
Russell Wilson is giving some pointers to parents coaching their children.
During a recent interview, the 33-year-old quarterback candidly spoke about his thoughts on coaching kids in youth sports and why he thinks adults need to “coach them harder.” When asked if he struggles with separating the intense approach he carries in his professional career from coaching his children in youth sports, Russell Wilson replied,
“I don’t struggle with it because I just do it. It should be right every time…Future for example, he’s very talented. One of my pet peeves, with coaching kids these days, is like saying, ‘it’s okay to tie,’ ‘it’s okay to this, it’s okay to that.'”
“Listen, I think it’s great for kids to get outside and if they don’t win, cool, great. But if a kid has a talent, like a special gift, it’s God-given, to me, it’s our requirement to coach them and to train them to be the best version of themselves.. If they mess up, coach them, right there. Don’t over coach them but give them some positive language, give them thoughts and give them some clear coaching points.”
Russell Wilson also suggested using imagery when coaching children, in order to,
“give them an image of who they are and who they can be.”
“I did this with Future today, when he pitches, for example. Put fire through the glove, literally give them an image. Throw that fireball right through his glove, burn a hole in his glove. I don’t need to tell him much more than that….I cannot stand if my kids get a coaching lesson and they’re doing something wrong and it’s like, ‘Okay, next thing.’ No, we’re gonna fix it right. I firmly believe we’re just letting our kids get away with stuff nowadays. I think we gotta coach them harder.”
Russell Wilson and his wife, R&B singer Ciara, currently parent three adorable children, 7-year-old Future – who Ciara shares with ex-boyfriend, rapper Future – as well as the two children they share together, 4-year-old Sienna and 20-month-old Win.
(See the full interview below:)
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