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Opportunity Cost

In my previous post, Oh No! It’s That Time of the Year, I discussed the dilemma a youth sports parent faces when trying to decide where their young athlete will play in the upcoming season. As if finding the right level of competition and a healthy environment is not difficult enough you must also consider the opportunity cost. What do I mean by opportunity cost? Ask…
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Oh No! It’s That Time of the Year

This time of the year is especially difficult. Difficult because this is the time of the year when we are faced with the question of where our kids will play in the upcoming season. Ultimately we must do what we think is best for our kids. That seems simple enough right? I wish it were simple but there’s plenty to consider when deciding where you athlete will should play. In…
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This is the Answer to the Question

Noah (far right with braces) was asked to fill in with the 8U Black Cats this weekend. I received a Facebook message Tuesday asking if he could play and he jumped at the chance to play with a couple old teammates. The boys played well, had a ton of fun, and in the end got eliminated by the eventual champions in the semi-final. So what’s…
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Play To Win

When I was new to the plumbing industry and working on the sales counter in a supply house I wasn’t particularly good at my job. Half the time I didn’t know what the plumber was asking for and the other half the time I couldn’t figure out how to pull it up in the system to put it on the sales order. This was quite…
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Performance = Potential – Interference

Last fall I took John O’Sullivan’s Coaching Mastery course. I loved all the great content, expert interviews, and the community interaction. Going into a big tournament this weekend this equation from the first module comes to mind:  “Performance = Potential – Interference”  The most common forms of interference on game day are the stress and pressure of winning, the stress and pressure of the big…
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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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