Yearly Archive: 2016

Linchpin to Character Development in Youth Sports

Last weekend, I had a mini-rant on Facebook about character development and sportsmanship, a rant in which I said, “youth sports coaches and parents who can’t handle bad calls or losses disgust me.” Here’s the problem with my rant: I have many friends who coach in a variety of sports. Some are calm, cool, and collected in their dealings with officials and questionable calls. Others…
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Mia Hamm Principle

For our summers vacation in 2015 we made the twelve-hour drive to Gulf Shores Alabama where my youngest son’s team competed in the USSSA Global World Series. It was a lot of fun and fierce competition. Generally, the mornings were spent playing baseball and the evenings were spent on the beach. The final day of our vacation consisted of a twelve-hour ride home where I could reflect…
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Experience Over Outcome

I stumbled across this post by veteran NFL Network reporter Alex Flanagan, and I believe it is spot on. In Flanagan’s post 5 Common Mistakes Most Sports Parents Are Making she tells a story of her daughter’s first volleyball game to illustrate the first mistake of “failing to enjoy the fun of failure.” As I read the story, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities to what…
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GSP Principle

A couple seasons back I was talking to a friend about youth baseball. He was coaching his son in tee ball and I was serving as an assistant coach on my son’s coach pitch team. We were sharing ideas about practice methods for those younger age groups. I mentioned that sometimes I think we should just throw the kids a tennis ball and tell them…
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Caught Looking

Plaster this quote everywhere; inside the score book, inside your coaching notebook, write it under the bill of your hat if you have to, whatever it takes just don’t forget these words. “There is nothing tough about getting negative when things go wrong. Any toddler throwing a tantrum is “tough” in that sense. A truly disciplined coach provides emotional support to a player who has…
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