I've coached youth sports for years. Seven years of baseball from t-ball to 11&12, three years of soccer from U6 to U8, four years of football from sophomore(1st & 2nd grade) to the current season where I'm coaching senior (6th & 7th grade). Here is what I've seen.
1. Parents. Some are great and helpful, others you will have to keep from beating to a pulp. Some will be glad to help, others think you're their baby sitter. Some will bitch no matter what and some will try to hurt you for the most petty of reasons.
2. It's mostly a thankless job. If you really care about your players, you'll spend hours training and studying whatever sport you're coaching so you can better teach your kids. Along with this you'll spend hours coming up with line-ups, practice plans, and figuring out who fits where that gives them the best chance to succeed and help their team. Very few will recognize any of this and instead figure the only time you have to devote to coaching is just at practice and games.
1. The kids. If you're in it for the right reasons you will measure your success as a youth coach not in wins and losses. Instead you will measure it by the development of your kids. What you should look for is first that they have fun, learn the fundamentals of the game, learn teamwork, learn to always give 100% effort, and learn good sportsmanship. If you do these things, winning and losing will take care of themselves. The greatest reward or recognition a youth coach can have is to see a big smile on a kids face after that kid accomplished something they never thought they could that you taught them how to do.
This post was edited on 9/4 at 10:26 am