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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 »

WHAT YOUTH COACHING IS ALL ABOUT

Hello Coach Kuyper, I coached a Little League Farm Team many years ago. The plea for a coach went around the room three times before I volunteered. I had coached Miss Softball but had never coached Little League before. I felt I didn’t know enough to tell the players how to stand at bat or other basics, which other coaches ... Read More »

KIDS NOT CATCHING ON TO MECHANICS? DON’T SWEAT IT

A common frustration with youth coaches is that the kids don’t do what they practice. Coaches spend so much time working on an offense for basketball, or teach the proper mechanics of doing a certain movement and then when it is game time, the kids just go back to the default mode of doing what they feel more comfortable with ... Read More »

SHOW OBNOXIOUS COACH THE BACK END F EXIT DOOR

Tom, I read your column and want to say that I have never disagreed with your viewpoint on any issue. I wish that every coach was required to read your column. Regarding this week’s column about an idiot coach at a soccer game, it reminded me of several soccer games that I attended. At a tournament, my son’s team played ... Read More »

BERATING AND CURSING ARE UNACCEPTABLE FOR COACHES

Dear Tom Kuyper Last weekend I attended national soccer tournament for girls’ elite teams around 15 years old. Our girls defeated a Colorado team 3-2 in the final seconds of the game. After the game, the teams went off to the side with the coach to debrief. Unfortunately the Colorado team did not go far enough as we were able ... Read More »

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