Hello everyone! I'm 24 years old (from Germany) and have been an on and off coach for about 2 years now. Even though I like to help the kids in our club, since they're the future, for the first 1 1/2 years I simply didn't do enough. I hope I'm writing this in the right section. I just want to give you a view of the current situation. Most of the time we are 4 coaches that are not always there at the same time. My father and I have pretty good experience (father has been playing for 40 years, I myself for 17 years) and the 2 women are ok but still lack in many areas themself (we're not perfect in any way either), but I think it is our job to guide them on what to do with the kids in training and to also teach them in terms of coaching. I've realized that I didn't take the coaching role as seriously as I probably should. Meaning sometimes I would just let them do easy stuff that didn't require too much advise. Since then I (or rather we, the coaches) have tried to change up the training plan and try to do different exercises every week. We've done it with varying success. It starts with the training time. We start at 5 pm yet maybe 50% manage to arrive before 5 pm, let alone be ready on time. Ok sometimes there is a group before us and they end their activities at 5 pm, but we should be ready and waiting by then. But no a lot of them arrive 5-10 minutes late and sometimes take almost 10 min to change. I think we will start locking the gym and anyone who arrives late for a second time will be send home. (we would inform the parents beforehand though and not just suddenly do it of course). I'm sick of waisting almost the first 20 min before everyone is ready and I've made my announcements, just because these kids didn't learn any manners in that regard from their parents. Second thing are the smartphones. Twice things have been stolen so we tell them to bring it into the gym, but if they're on it every break or so it just distracts them. We've thought about collecting them before training starts. About the actual training I've tried to become less lenient, when the little ones come and beg me to play a game (every single training). We play a game maybe once every 2-3 weeks now. I've also tried to be more strict with the people that just do not stop discussing or arguing about certain tiring or boring exercises, because they're in their puberty or whatever and try to be smart with you. I've told them to shut up for once and do the thing for as long as we say and not as long as you want or get out of here. I don't want to make assumptions, but with some of them it's just in their nature it's got to do with their upbringing or whatever. I don't care anymore about that. I just wanna say though, when I tell them to shut up, I obviously don't do it regularly or in an overly loud or rude way. I'm not that kind of person. But even I sometimes can't take it anymore and with all this talking and discussing we're just wasting training time. About the training itself we usually warm up either with the standard running exercises (sidesteps etc.) or running a few laps as a start. Then we will usually do the standard stretching exercises. After that we will either build sort of a circle with different stations, like sit-up, push-ups or jump ropes and so on, to improve strength or flexibility. There we will do each station for about 40 sec and then switch. On other days we will put up the net and start with some footwork, like runinng to the corners of the court. What I've realized now and is that we should first improve their movement, because hitting exercises are good and all, but it's not really effective if they can't move well or know how to move best on a badminton court in the first place. So I guess we will put more emphasis to get them to a certain level of movement. Lastly I would just like to ask how you deal with kids that either don't really listen, are often distracted or just do not have any talent for the sport (and you don't have the capabilities to care for them specifically) at all? Do you have some sort of "punishment" (for the kids that often talk when you're talking) or do you speak with the parents that maybe should wait another year (if they're quite young and just not ready for any club sports)? I don't want to block anyone from playing Badminton, but I also feel bad for them and the rest of the group if can't give everyone a "satisfying" experience. Sorry if this a bit much or overly detailed, but I just wanted to give you the best possible insight, so maybe you guys could some tips from your experiences and knowledge.