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Sport Family Traditions Make for Great Memories

Friday night was always Family Game Night at the Benzel house. It was a tradition. From Dominoes to Pool to Monopoly, you'd better bring your "A" game and a good sense of humor! My parents were world-class game players. One of the cornerstones of family culture is the traditions you embrace and honor throughout the…
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How the Sport Parent Recovers After Being Too Critical

The dad of a young baseball player approached me recently to ask what he could do to help his son play with more swagger; to play with a confidence level that matched his ability. "He’s so talented," said the dad, "but he doesn’t play like he believes in himself." Something told me that there were…
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The Secret to Changing How Young Athletes Behave

As conscientious parents and coaches we often aspire to achieve better results from our efforts. We either want to achieve more with our kids, for our kids, or through our kids. In every case it stands to reason that if we want different results we should strive to change how we behave. But have you ever noticed that efforts to change…
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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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