Below you will find a few of our favorite blog posts that are related to youth sports, youth sports coaching and sports parenting from the past few weeks. Please feel free to visit each and we hope you find them as helpful as we do!
Yellow Cards for Little Girls?
Many people have said that they don’t think that young girls (8,9,10) shouldn’t ever get yellow cards because their actions are unintentional. I couldn’t disagree more! Youth soccer is shockingly rough and I believe that proper behavior should be taught at the youngest ages. Referees at that age (as well as coaches) are teaching the girls to play the game the right way. Yes, their actions may be unintentional, but how will they learn from their mistakes if their mistakes are not pointed out? Excellent referees (an oxymoron?) take the extra minute to talk to players and let them know exactly what behavior is unacceptable.
Improving Performance in Youth Hockey Players
Setting goals for your child’s individual performance can be effective when done properly. The purpose of setting goals is to help your child improve their performance without them necessarily being aware of it. Setting goals helps young players think about their game without overloading them with confusing messages.
Football Team Stands Up Against Bullying: How do Your School Athletes Make a Difference?
When I was in high school, the entire athletic department made an agreement to attend each other sports. Soon all the games were packed with fans not just football and basketball. As the athletes/cool kids attracted others to attend the games. With the fan support, all of our teams performed better. Leadership is contagious.
Athletes need to realize they are the influences and can have a super positive impact on the school and their fellow students.
How Focusing on Outcomes Creates Worse Ones
It’s true that the outcomes during a game are important. But they should be the canary in the coal mine, not the main event. If a player is struggling pitching, hitting, fielding, whatever it’s more important than ever to focus on the process.
Want to Stop Taking Retaliation Penalties? Start Playing Tough and Clean Hockey
Want to know what also was striking about the dirty play of youth hockey players? Rarely did a dirty player actually play good hockey that game. It is not like the NHL where players are very smart about their dirty play and use it to intimidate or get under the skin of their opponent. Players that were playing dirty took penalties, spent more time on the bench, and played worse hockey!
Good Communication Tips For Youth Coaches
Coaches have tremendous influence over their athletes’ behaviors and beliefs on and off the field. Today I would like to share with you some ways to improve your communication with your team.