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When Your Child Chooses to Lead

Leadership is frequently misunderstood by young athletes in terms of their participation in it.  Sometimes an excellent athlete is appointed "Captain” of the team when in fact he/she has no desire to lead or aptitude for it.  In this scenario the Captain is a leader in name only, and most likely someone else is leading…
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Erase the Illusion of Failure for Your Child – Replace with GRIT

Our children are exposed to the concept of failure at an early age.  This awareness isn’t taught by parents saying “Don’t fail” as much as it’s taught by all adults (parents, teachers, coaches) over-emphasizing the importance of being RIGHT, and avoiding mistakes.  Kids get the impression that mistakes are bad and being right is all…
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How to Deal with a Bully Teammate

My son played team sports from age 4 to 24.  It included basketball, hockey, soccer, football, and longest of all – baseball.  He is now the head coach for a junior varsity baseball program.  I asked for his view based on his first-hand experience on this topic.  To be fair, this is one man’s opinion,…
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What Your Coach Doesn’t Tell You

Many a parent has uttered quietly to themselves – or NOT so quietly – “WHAT is our coach thinking???”  That’s a great question, so perhaps we should look behind the scenes in an effort to understand the mind of a typical coach in youth sports.  Let’s consider all the moving parts, many of which are…
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