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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 »

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 »

PROPER MECHANICS PAY OFF

Tom, I appreciated your Article in the NE Phoenix Republic about teaching or not teaching kids proper mechanics.  I have taught my son in basketball and soccer as far as I could and then let more experienced coaches take over.  I can say without a doubt, I always tried to teach proper technique.  My son is now 13 and has ... 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 DESERVE EQUAL PLAYING TIME, EVEN AT CLUB LEVEL

Question: Dear Coach Kuyper, my son plays on a competitive 10u soccer club team. He works hard and gets frustrated when he gets the same amount of playing time as another kid on his team who has less talent. Doesn’t “club” level mean that the better players are given more playing time? Isn’t equal playing time set up for “recreational” ... Read More »

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