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WHICH COACH IS PERFERABLE:LAID-BACK OR ENERGETIC?

  Here we go….. Another “YOU MAKE THE CALL”! With all my days of coaching and “coaching” coaches, I have come across two extreme styles of coaching (actually a few more), but here I will focus on these two. I want you to let me know which one of these two coaches you would rather have your son or daughter ... Read More »

THE POWER OF A COACH; TO MAKE OR BREAK A KID

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THE POWER OF A COACH: TO MAKE OR BREAK A KID… From the mailbag: Our child was bullied by a dad coach in a sport that she loved early on as a child. Fast-forward to age 12 and now you are one of the “good” players in a larger school and you get asked to play for a combined team ... Read More »

BEST PLAYER DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN HAVING BETTER TEAM

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IS IT THE WHOLE TEAM OR BEST PLAYER THAT DEFINES THE “BEST” TEAM? “Get the ball to Jacob”! “Ok, next time down the floor, make sure you clear the floor for Jacob and let him take his man one on one”! “Time for a substitution, we’ll put four new ones in the game, but we’ll leave Jacob in.” “Let’s run ... Read More »

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 »

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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