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COACHES, KNOW WHEN TO REWARD “BENCH-SITTERS”

Sitting on the Bench is Good for the Soul A recent article in the sports section of The Montgomery Advertiser, written by a Tom Kuyper, postulated that sitting on the bench can be a positive learning experience for young children. The article seemed to be about novice players, learning the game, as well as the ‘pain’ of bench sitting, with ... Read More »

YOUNG ATHLETE’S TOUGH TIMES CAN PROVIDE BENEFITS TOO

Coach, Should a leader be an example to his team? My freshman son discovered Football this summer. He went to the camp suggested by his coach, attends all practices, comes in early for game films, is enthusiastic, goes to varsity games as his coach suggested. He and his parents were told that every player had a chance to prove themselves ... Read More »

WHAT TO DO WITH TOO MANY KIDS

Quick question, your concept of keeping extra players… how do you effectively swing it? I love the concept, but the parents demand playing time for their kids… especially when you are winning, or if they think the child is much better then player X. I would love to keep a “Rudy” type player. Someone who loved the game, worked hard ... Read More »

DAD DIRECTS SON TO FULL SPORT EXPERIENCE

Coach Kuyper, I enjoy your newspaper columns, especially discussions about coaching and the importance of helping to keep kids involved in a variety of sports at all skill levels. We had an all star coach tell us when Brent was in 5th grade that unless he specialized solely in baseball now, he would have no chance to make a high ... Read More »

SHOULD WE MAKE OUR KIDS PARTICIPATE IN PE CLASS

Dear Tom, My eight-year-old daughter was in a homeschool PE class last year, half the time (or more) I had to bribe her to participate (I told her she had to do regular school work while her sister and friends played PE if she didn’t participate.) Most of the time given the choice of book work or PE, she’d do ... Read More »

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