I have been coaching Junior racers for about a year and a half. Some coaches will not touch the kids that make the future of our sport because of the maturity levels. I have found that Juniors can be a pleasant surprise to coach. Yes, they are young and have alot on their plates with school, training, other activities, and friends, but helping them find the balance in their life and see the light bulb come on is priceless. I really get alot of joy out of seeing a junior athlete accomplish their goals in cycling and still excel in other parts of their lives.
Even if you are not a coach, mentor a junior today! The rewards go both ways.