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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 »

THINK TWICE BEFORE PLACING GIRLS ON CO-ED TEAMS

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YOU MAKE THE CALL… Should girls play sports with boys? Read this first and then give me your thoughts…. Dear Coach Kuyper, I would like to get your counsel on the subject of girls playing with boys on team sports. We have a seven-year-old daughter and are finding out that it is difficult to find all girl teams for her ... 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 »

YOU MADE THE CALL ON APPLAUDING BEFORE SHOOT IS MADE

Ok, you “MADE THE CALL” and here are the results… But first, a reminder of the question presented by Joe Haas from Sioux Falls, South Dakota You have a pretty talented kid show up for your first practice. He has talent but is pretty raw. You work with him all season long to get his footwork right and to perfect ... Read More »

VARIETY IS BENEFICIAL

It’s back to school, which means getting those backpacks put together and organized, getting new clothes and figuring out what is going to be that first day outfit. It means talking mom and dad into a new pair of shoes because, “these are too small and they hurt my feet. With that also comes the choice of what sports to ... Read More »

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