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GOOD COACH TAKES RESPONSIBILITY INSTEAD OF POINTING FINGERS

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Dear Tom Kuyper   Thanks for your well-thought-out and well-written articles. I appreciate the fact that you address the issue without sugar coating it or rationalizing it (re: kids and their parents obsessed with their kid’s baseball and baseball stats). I have seen this with basketball and volleyball also…very similar traits.   I ref a lot of Basketball at levels ... Read More »

EVERYONE PLAYS

So, what does it really mean when we say “Our team beat your team”? We hear it all the time; we say it all the time. It’s that phrase we all use to say that we won, our team won and your team lost. But is that really true? Did the whole team win, or just the top players that ... Read More »

EXPERIENCING SUCCESS, AS WELL AS FAILURE, IMPORTANT

Mr. Kuyper, Thank you for expressing your thoughts in today’s Southwest Valley Republic, pertaining to parents and children’s behavior who do not come in first, or win their competition.  Experiencing success and failure is an important and necessary life-lesson for children and young adults.  Sports and other forms of competition offer the young person who is in the process of ... Read More »

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 »

GOOD COACHES HONOR THEIR AUTHORITY, TEACH THE SAME

Tom: Just read your article in the Public Opinion…I’ll try not to rip you too much.  Ha-ha   Not knowing who the ”Team 1″ coach is, I have to defend the coach just a little.  You call him a bad coach for flying off the handle at the refs & “depriving” the kids of 3mins.  I am not defending his actions ... Read More »

GOOD COACH, BAD COACH CAN MAKE OR BREAK THE TEAM

GOOD COACH/ BAD COACH Let’s start with “bad “coach: I went to watch a youth basketball game a few Saturdays ago and saw a great game of 3rd and 4th graders having fun and playing hard. One team started to take a commanding lead with about 3 minutes left in the game. What had been a tight game turned into ... Read More »

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