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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 »

GOOD COACH TAKES RESPONSIBILITY INSTEAD OF POINTING FINGERS

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Dear Tom Kuyper   Thanks for your well-thought-out and well-written articles. I appreciate the fact that you address the issue without sugar coating it or rationalizing it (re: kids and their parents obsessed with their kid’s baseball and baseball stats). I have seen this with basketball and volleyball also…very similar traits.   I ref a lot of Basketball at levels ... 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 »

COME ON, COACHES, DO TRYOUTS THE RIGHT WAY

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Coaches Using Bad Tryout Techniques So, some of you are at it again? O.K., I’ll consent that some don’t know any better. But for the rest of you, doing tryouts wrong again, you should be ashamed of yourselves. And you think you can get away with it without me hearing about it? Wrong! My “Try-out spy people” are all over ... Read More »

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