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Positivity Inspires Positivity

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that literally saves their lives. Anthony Robbins – Motivational Speaker The coach that continually provides feedback to players by always telling them… Continue reading Positivity Inspires Positivity

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Intentional Youth Leadership Development

Change is inevitable, growth is intentional. Colin Wilson – writer, philosopher, and novelist Background Story: On Saturday mornings in Savannah, I coach a soccer program for children that are U8 soccer players. Within this program, the coaching staff and I have set up six teams of seven or eight players to participate on a field… Continue reading Intentional Youth Leadership Development

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Break the Cycle

When things go wrong for our children or team, as parents and coaches, we often revert back to our own youth athletic experiences. If it happened to us and we survived and maybe even thrived, then we should use it with our children and the teams we coach. Our first coaching and parenting role models… Continue reading Break the Cycle

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The Perplexed Sport Parent – Training (Practice)

In 2015, youth athletes do not practice, they train…Train with a purpose greater than having fun, more important than the excitement of being with their friends, and more influential than being like their professional sport idols…to garner an opportunity for collegiate or professional participation. Unfortunately, this reality has turned numerous young athletes off to “organized” athletics and more… Continue reading The Perplexed Sport Parent – Training (Practice)

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Three Purposes of a Coach

Successful coaches are able to get their message across to athletes in a more thorough manner. These coaches effectively lead the teams or individuals they coach to a higher level of technical, tactical, physical, and/or psychological success than the participants could have reached on their own (Click Here to learn how we Define Success). The successful coach… Continue reading Three Purposes of a Coach

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Youth Sports Enduring Truths

Three enduring truths must be present in youth sports for participation to be considered a success: The participant has fun during training and games. This can be witnessed through facial expressions (smiling and laughing), in conversation, and through effort displayed on the field. Learning happens over the course of the season. Within sports, learning happens in… Continue reading Youth Sports Enduring Truths

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The Search for Meaningful Athletic Competition

Meaningful athletic competitions happen between teams that are closely matched in skill and effort and result in both teams improving because of the contest. Each team is challenged to perform at their best throughout the entire game in order to achieve process success as well as result success. Most of these types of games involve intense… Continue reading The Search for Meaningful Athletic Competition

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Youth Team Development – Keep Families In the Game

  Why do certain families and players participate with the same youth sport organization for their entire youth sports career while others move to other sports, other activities, or other youth sport organizations. Three reasons I believe organizations are able to retain participants are: Organizational values and beliefs that match the families values and beliefs… Continue reading Youth Team Development – Keep Families In the Game

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Create a Positive Sports Environment

A positive sports environment will look different for all groups involved including the athlete, family, friends, and coach. Player participation, fun, and activity interest all increase when each group that provides influence on the athlete work in harmony. A positive sports environment will have options for all levels of participants including beginners, advanced players, and… Continue reading Create a Positive Sports Environment

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The Athlete’s Choice

Young athletes love to participate in activities that are fun, that allow them to showcase their skills and abilities, and where skill improvement is taught by caring and informed coaches. Unfortunately, the young athletes do not make the decision on who will provide them with the background for future successes on the field and in… Continue reading The Athlete’s Choice