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The Car Ride Home: Post-Game Mistakes Parents Must Avoid

If your car rides home after a game have become a little tense; if one parent seems to give performance lectures; and if your child displays strong defensive tendencies, please read on. This is the most common of all sport-family mistakes and it can be fixed. First you must recognize certain key facts about post-game…
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Play the Rating Game When Coaching Young Athletes

As you watch your child practice it’s tempting to deliver all your information by “telling” him the answers to every imperfection. Your analytical side is dying to make the necessary corrections so he or she can be a super star. There are two problems with this approach. First, your child is going to become resentful…
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The Four Behavioral Styles of Coaches

Did you know coaches come in four flavors? Some coaches are bossy, big personalities, and all business. I call them Rhinos. Other coaches are extroverts like Rhinos but value relationships more than tasks. They are Peacocks. Still other coaches have the harmonious work ethic of a reserved, introspective Retriever or the methodical, critical bent of…
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Are You Crushing Your Child Athlete’s Confidence with Body Language?

As parents, we’re communicating every single second of every single day. Mouth open or mouth closed, the message is getting out. Your attitude about your child and his/her play, your sense of admiration...or not, and what you think about his/her efforts is transmitted in subtle ways for him/her to read. When you consider that research…
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