Do Parents Expect Athlete to Not Make Mistakes?
Do your sports kids struggle with their composure or game after making mistakes? We receive this question a lot:
A coach asks:
“I coach a U16 girls team, and I find that while they are great athletically, they tend to fold under pressure and cru.... More »
This is Part 1 of a 3-part series, Help Your Child Have a Ball in Sports, brought to you by AER, the first Automatic Ball Pump. In youth sports, there’s no magic formula for success. There’s no quick fix for acquiring perfect ball-handling skills and hand-eye coordination. It boils down to repe.... More »
What’s the best kids’ sports drink for your child to consume? There are so many that claim to be the best, how’s a parent to know? Let’s start with a simpler question: are sports drinks even necessary? A couple of weeks ago, I was one of the speakers at the Elite Soccer Summi.... More »
What Parents Shouldn’t Do Before a Game
Parents, to boost your kids’ confidence and help them focus prior to games, it’s critical to know what to do and say before a game.
It may not be obvious how to act and what to say. Let’s start with some basic ideas for your pregame behavior:
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A dad writes us saying that his son, a gifted athlete, has begun playing it safe since he became a high school player. He plays to avoid making mistakes.
“I can’t figure out how to get into his head and undo whatever is keeping him from crossing this mental boundary,” the dad says.
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The following two part TV expose was aired last night by Canadian TV and highlights the on-going emotional abuse of several athletes at a prestigious private school in Victoria, B.C. You will hear about the experience of two specific athletes and my involvement with this situation. Emotional abuse by coaches is an epidemic that pervades competitive youth through collegiate sports…
Over the last three years, Dr. G has been a consultant in a coach abuse situation at a prominent private school in Victoria B.C., Saint Michaels University School. On-going complaints from athletes and their parents about this coach abuse have been systematically dismissed by the school administration and outside government investigations…
For many years, it’s been noted that upset sports parents have become so angry with their kid’s coach that the parents have filed a lawsuit against the coach.
Most of these lawsuits are deemed by the courts as being frivolous, but the reality is that when a HS or travel team coach is sued, the defendant still has to secure an attorney to fight the charges, which cost time, money, and emotional expense…