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Conquering the Fear of Failure in Youth Sports

I was recently asked by a coach, "How can we help young athletes get past the fear of failure?" The question can be answered on several levels and I'll use a swimming pool metaphor to expose the depth of this common question. Turn Fear Into Aggression On the shallow end of the pool, I benefitted…
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6 Winning Traits of Hero-Parents in Youth Sports

The sport parent comes in four flavors: Agent, Manager, Sponsor and Hero. These categories align to common reactions and behaviors to a child’s athletic performance that I’ve observed throughout my years as an athlete, coach and sport parent myself. Using my Sport Parent Quiz, you can understand how you behave and what effect it is…
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Sponsor-Parent Habits to Avoid in Youth Sports

Through the challenges and emotions of sports we sometimes become the sport parent we never intended to be. Understanding how you behave as a sport parent and what effect it is having on your child is critical to the young athlete’s success on the field. The messages you send to your child, directly and subconsciously, contributes…
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The Youth Sports Trap That Manager-Parents Must Overcome

Which flavor of sport parent are you – Manager, Agent, Sponsor or Hero? The reactions, habits and verbal and non-verbal language you use regarding your child’s athletic performance and sports experience can be categorized into these four types. These behaviors affect their development on and off the field. I devised the Sport Parent Quiz to…
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