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STICKING WITH LOSING COACH CAN BE LESSON FOR KIDS

Just get a new coach, that is the answer! There have been a lot of college football coaches in the past few weeks that have been sent out for a long pass and asked not to come back to the huddle. I know that college athletics is a whole different ball game than youth sports. I know that money drives ... Read More »

MICHIGAN TOWN RALLIES AFTER ATHLETES

Kids and Sports? Tragedy Reminds us of priorities   Who says that sports don’t build character? Who says that youth sports doesn’t have a powerful impact into lives of those involved? Just ask those 1,400 people who live in that tiny town of Fennville, Michigan. The death of Fennville High Schools very own Wes Leonard has made a huge impact ... Read More »

RESPONSES FROM READERS AND ANOTHER THOUGHT

A few responses from the recent article on how kids with an uncoachable spirit really do miss out on skill development, friendships, and coaches attention: Hello Tom, Another great article. To me the real question is the age. We need to remember this is a 10 year old. That is really young still. Does winning at that age matter? Most ... Read More »

BRIBERY, HOW DO WE MOTIVATE OUR KIDS IN SPORTS?

“I’ll give you ten dollars if you score 12 points in the next game!” These were well-intended words from a father to his 5th grade son before his game in hopes of motivating him. Well, the son did get the 12 points and got his ten-dollar bill, but his team lost. Not only did they lose, but the chemistry and ... Read More »

GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT FOR A YOUNG ATHLETE: YOUR APPROVAL

How about wrapping up some affirmation in a big box to give as this year’s Christmas or Hanukkah present? This would be so much more valuable than a new bike or a wii game. You can spend hundreds of dollars on games and new sports equipment, but the gift of approval is priceless! How often do we take the time ... Read More »

CAUTIONS ON PLAYING UP

“Wow, that kid on the end of the bench is so little”. “I wonder why that one little guy never gets to play” “Hey, look at that little guy on the end of the bench, he’s so cute, I hope he gets to play sometime.” These are common comments I hear when talking about kids that “play up”. For the ... Read More »

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