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BAD CALLS OFFER CHANCES TO TEACH VALUABLE LIFE SKILLS

Tom, I believe that Josh Steck is WRONG. I coached middle school volleyball in Illinois for 30 years. I’ve since retired to Phoenix. In the years I coached, my teams won over 60 championships. In those years I never “went off” on an official, never. Were they doing a perfect job? That’s not my place to decide, though I know ... Read More »

EVERY COACH WANTS TO HAVE A “CHARLIE” ON HIS TEAM

This is a tribute to a 7th grader who gets “it”. Charlie Cunningham has got to be one of the healthiest kids I have ever coached, and I am talking in all 3 areas: mentally socially and physically. After five minutes of coaching him and watching him play, he becomes everyone’s’ best friend. He is a coach’s delight. He gets ... Read More »

ANOTHER MIRACLE ON ICE

  Another “miracle on ice” story? This is one of those stories that should be shouted from the rooftops: “Kids, never give up!”  Enjoy… Everyone loves to hear about an underdog story. The following is an underdog story featuring a group of boys and a girl that refused to let hockey die in the Hudson Valley. At the end of ... Read More »

IS THE OBSESSION TO WIN A GOOD THING?

Can a kid win too many times? Can winning become an obsession? Can an obsession to win create an unhealthy outlook on competition? Absolutely… I am like everyone else in that I love to win. I hate losing. I give everything I have and compete to my fullest to win. I think that is healthy and I love teaching all ... Read More »

PLAYER’S THANK YOU NOTE SCORES POINTS WITH A COACH

Here is a letter that I received just a few days ago, after having tryouts for my club basketball teams. Jordan is a 5th grader who played on a recreational team last season.  He worked extremely hard and moved up to the competitive level. You will sense when you read his letter that he has a positive attitude and a ... Read More »

WHY KIDS DON’T GIVE IT THEIR ALL

Have you ever noticed that kid who just seemed to have all the natural ability but just never gave 100%?  He was that kid with all the “raw” talent that all the other parents coveted, wishing their kid had it, because it just seemed to be wasted on him?  That kid who could do it all, but didn’t? We have ... Read More »

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