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Changing the Conversation: A Lesson in Ethics

I’ve become a big fan of searching for the best questions to ask, rather than always striving to have the right answer. I’ve found that questions send our thinking, and therefore our actions, in a direction. The best coaches learn how to ask intriguing and thought-provoking questions to get their athletes to think – not…
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To Compare or Not to Compare

“We might be better off without any trophies!  Let’s just teach kids to feel good about working hard and making progress toward being their absolute best, without comparing themselves to anyone.” The statement above was the last line of my previous blog, and a great place to resume the conversation about trophies.  Several people commented…
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What Is a Trophy?

For quite some time there has been confusion over the purpose of a trophy in youth sports.  Should kids get a trophy just for showing up?  Is the purpose of a trophy to make kids feel good?  Now there’s even a car company doing TV ads that make an editorial comment on the issue, as…
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Lawnmower Parents: Are You Becoming One?

Have you ever known a parent that will not let their child play a particular sport? Have you been one of those parents? There can be many reasons for this behavior such as knowing that the child is not very athletic, fear that the child may get hurt, or the parents previously not succeeding at…
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