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Identifying Three Kinds of Youth Sports Coaches

A youth sports coach must earn the respect of parents as well as the young athletes with whom they work. Parents of child athletes put their trust in a coach to help provide the child with a positive sports experience. While most coaches are honorable and we can trust that their overall intentions are positive,…
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Dealing with a Difficult Coach

How to deal with a negative child/coach relationship in youth sports Q: When is the appropriate time for a parent to step in and intervene on behalf of their child when a coach is being mean, or exhibiting negative behavior toward their child? I remember telling the coach of my daughter’s soccer team when she…
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How to Discuss Sports Practice with Your Young Athlete

Learning new skills is messy, slow, uncooperative, and almost always uneven. In youth sports, much like “real” life, there are above average days, below average days, and a ton of just average days as the process of improvement and growth moves along slowly. The patient and persistent athlete is rewarded for putting in a consistent…
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Learning Life Lessons Through Youth Sports

Though developing a healthy competitive mindset is important for any child who is involved in athletics and other team-based activities, it’s important that the entire focus isn’t on winning and losing, but on the lessons and experience young athletes can gain from their participation in the sport. Participation in sports, especially on a youth level, is…
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