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COACH STRIKES OUT PUTTING PITCHER IN PRESSURE COOKER

TOO MUCH BASEBLL PRESSURE WILL ATTACK CONFIDENCE QUESTION…My son (I think he was 12) usually pitched, but this game someone else was pitching and it had not been “going” well. The score was tied; count was 3 balls, 2 strikes, and 2 outs in the bottom of the last inning, with the bases loaded. The coach called a time out ... Read More »

IS DEMEANING AND MANIPUATION A VALID COACHING STYLE?

Mr. Kuyper, 
 
My 12-year-old son has been playing club basketball for two years now. He has had three different coaches but has been with the same coach for about a year now. 
 
Our team wasn’t producing very many wins so the coach decided to change his coaching style approximately 6 weeks ago. His new style is to be ... Read More »

ARE YOU PLAYING WITH YOUR KIDS AT HOME?

I recently had a conversation with a couple that was concerned that their son who was 10 years old “wasn’t really good at sports”. “We feel sorry for him that he always has to play right field when he is on the baseball team, and hardly ever gets to play when he plays basketball, or soccer”, they said. They went ... Read More »

HERE ARE STEPS A COACH CAN TAKE WHEN IN A BLOWOUT

74-8; a basketball blowout! 3 sets to 0, with all 3 games going 21-0; a volleyball blowout! 56-0; a blowout on the gridiron! 23-0 on the soccer field; major blowout. 17-0 with a no-pitch outing by the pitcher; a blowout in baseball! Many of us have been there… on the winning side or on the losing side of a major ... Read More »

LEARNING FOOTBALL BETTER PRIORITY THAN LEARNING TO TACKLE

To play tackle football or not to play tackle football, that is the question. There is a lot of attention being given to tackle football and its risk to kids. There are some cities that are even considering banning tackle football for the younger kids. The obvious concern that has surfaced lately is the whole risk of concussions and the ... Read More »

TEACH KIDS TO STICK IT OUT WHEN A SPORT GETS TOUGH

Dear Mr. Kuyper: We have a situation that I was hoping that you might be able to help us with. About 2 months ago, we signed up for our daughter to play on a girl’s volleyball team that plays in a competitive league. She attended the tryouts and was placed on a team as all the girls are placed on ... Read More »

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