Coaches

Performance Anxiety? 3 Helpful Tips for Your Athlete

You can almost hear the wheels of fun come to a screeching halt when a young athlete experiences his/her first performance anxiety. As parents and coaches, we know that the heart-pounding and stomach-churning experience of competition is not a one time deal. More than likely it will play out over and over again in your…
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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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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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