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How to Communicate with Coaches

Respect is always the foundation for open and honest dialogue. Parents and coaches must demonstrate this respect for each other in clear view of young athletes if we expect the next generation to be good communicators and problem solvers.
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“My Child Needs to Work Harder!”

Parents often recognize that success comes from planning your work and working your plan. So it's common to hear a parent complain, "My child isn't working hard enough!" Rule # 1 of sport-parenting is that you can't make your athlete do anything he doesn't want to do, nor should you want to. The ideal atmosphere is…
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When Your Child Doesn’t Get to Play His Favorite Position

As young athletes play team sports it's amazing how quickly they come to form their identity around the particular position they play. If a child likes to catch fly balls, he wants to play the outfield and sees himself as an outfielder. If a young girl likes to keep others from scoring goals, she identifies…
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You Can’t Punish a Team Into Excellence

When we look closely at the world of sports we'll find frequent silliness in fans, some odd calls by officials, some illogical routines by athletes, and some downright embarrassing behaviors by parents. Most of these we can laugh at. However today I'd like to look at one of the most mind-boggling and yet common rituals…
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