10 Ways to Be a Man of Integrity + MORE

10 Ways to Be a Man of Integrity + MORE

Here’s the Guidelines for Taking Risks in Youth Sports + MORE

Taking risks should not be the equivalent of tackling danger in youth sports. In this video clip, Peter Vidmar, the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic History, gives a new meaning to the word risk and explains the difference between risk and danger, when it comes to youth sports. He answe.... More »
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7 Habits That Will Change Your Life + MORE

Do you feel stuck? Stuck in your parenting habits? Stuck in your work habits? Stuck in your marriage habits? If you’ve never read Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, you don’t have to! Take a few minutes to watch this video. These are 7 habits worth adapting .... More »
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INTRODUCING OLD SCHOOL NEW SCHOOL: A Different Kind of Sports Podcast + MORE

Dear Friends of Ask Coach Wolff: I wanted to tell you about a new and different kind of podcast. It’s entitled “Old School v. New School” and it features my new son-in-law, Noah Savage, and myself. Noah is a 31-year-old 6-7 former All-Ivy League basketball player at Princeton, and .... More »
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Why Perfectionist Sports Kids Aren’t So Perfect + MORE

What’s The Problem With Perfectionism? Perfectionist sports kids show up to practice on time and work hard to improve their skills. Coaches like them because they follow directions. Sounds perfect, right? But there’s a problem with perfectionist sports kids—often, both in sports and life..... More »

COPING WITH ADVERSITY: How to WIN AT LOSING

As a sports parent, what do you say to your youngster who has just experienced “the agony of defeat” for the first time in their very young career? That kind of parental experience  inspired sportswriter Sam Weinman to write a new book with the provocative title, WIN AT LOSING: How Our .... More »
To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow. Sad to say, but cockiness in sports seems to be a side effect of talent for many athletes. Confidence is one thing; but over-confidence is quite another. In this podcast, I talk with Coach John Brubaker, husband, father, and award-winning author–in that order…

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When I worked with teenagers, I would spend a month staffing a summer camp. In the midst of the fun, we would give opportunities for the kids to share what was going on in their lives. A lot of things would come to the surface during those times. I was in charge of all of the leaders. When they had an issue, particularly with a kid, they came to me…

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Journalist Josh Stearns has a piece on Medium reviewing the best online storytelling and journalism of 2014.
None of the stories and projects are sports-related, but I think it’s a useful read for anyone in the digital content racket, because Stearns presents a fascinating snapshot of the state of innovation…

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We all think out kids are the best. It’s parental instinct. And quite honestly, we should be biased when it comes to our children. But there is a time when you should override your prejudices and face reality, and one of those times is when you are looking at your child’s sports abilities.
Very few parents can objectively evaluate their child’s ability in sports unless they’ve played or coached the sport themselves…

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In the 1925, U.S. Open famed golfer Bobby Jones pulled a one iron out of his bag and addressed the ball. As he set up to hit out of the rough grass, his ball moved ever so slightly, a motion that calls for a stroke penalty. He was the only one who saw it; and yet, he called the penalty on himself…

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