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The End of Defensive Conversations with Your Athlete

The opinion that matters most to young athletes is what THEY think their parents think of them; their greatest fear is disappointing their parents. So during the car ride home from a game, be mindful of what you say. If you appear to be on offense in this conversation, defense is the only position left…
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Prevent Bullying by Creating Standards for Team Culture

Bullying in sports has been the topic of many conversations, articles and blogs. It deserves our attention and our children deserve to be taught coping skills to help them realize that all bullying is a statement about the bully…not the about the victim. Those who bully are in need, they are troubled, and actually suffering…
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Praise, Pressure and Performance in Youth Athletics

Today’s busy sports parents face numerous challenges when it comes to helping their child have the most positive youth sport experience possible.  Growing Champions for Life seeks to guide parents, coaches, sports administrators and athletes to help fulfill the three main objectives of youth sports: fun, development, learning to compete.  The Growing Champions for Life…
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5 Ways Sports Parents Can Help Young Athletes Cope with Performance Anxiety

Some performance anxiety is “parent induced” and the remedies are a parent’s responsibility. 1. Refrain from talking about the game. Frequent reference or reminders about “the game coming up” gives this event disproportionately high importance and creates unnecessary public expectation and pressure. 2. Catch your child doing something well. Look for opportunities to praise your…
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