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Youth Sports Daily Purpose

In all of our over-planning and in depth analyzation of youth sports, let’s not forget what questions we as coaches should be aiming to answer during every practice or game: Did the kids have fun? Did they learn something? Do they want to come back and try again? That is it and that is all…It… Continue reading Youth Sports Daily Purpose

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3 Ways to Make Youth Sports Significant for the Participant

As players throughout the country begin to train and play games in their respective spring sports, three ideas should be front and center for all coaches and parents (and one of them is not winning). These ideas are transformational youth sport truths and if established on your team or with your group at any level, success… Continue reading 3 Ways to Make Youth Sports Significant for the Participant

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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 Dynamic Coach

The search for a dynamic coach, mentor, and group leader must start at the beginning of youth sports participation. It is not only something the athlete needs at the age of 15, but they also need this at 5…and every year in which they participate in athletics. Dynamic coaches who care teach lessons that can… Continue reading The Dynamic Coach

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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

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Measuring Success in Athletics – A Necessity for Development

“We are asking our players to compete before they have learned how to play.” Jay Miller, U17 Men’s National Team Coach 2011 In 2012, US Youth Soccer and Sam Snow prepared a game changing document titled “Youth Soccer in America: How do we Measure Success?”  A ground breaking instrument that should be read by coaches and… Continue reading Measuring Success in Athletics – A Necessity for Development

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I Coach…

Why spend my time working with sport participants?  It sure isn’t for wins and losses…Wins and losses do not last as the next game is always on the horizon.  I COACH… I coach to create positive relationships. I coach to have and promote fun. I coach to be involved with feelings of jubilation and success. I… Continue reading I Coach…

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Saturday Success – My Definition

Flow happens when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable, so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing challenges.  If challenges are too low, one gets back to flow by increasing them.  If challenges are too great, one can return to the flow… Continue reading Saturday Success – My Definition