How Sports Parents Can Motivate Kids Without Pressuring Them + MORE

How Sports Parents Can Motivate Kids Without Pressuring Them + MORE

When You Think Your Child isn’t Trying Hard Enough

For some parents, sitting and watching their child play sports is a practice in self-control. Especially when your child isn’t trying hard enough, at least in your mind she’s not. Your frustrations either comes out in what you yell to your child or in your body language as you sigh loud.... More »

CoachUp Coach Antwon Hicks to run at the Rio Olympics

CoachUp Coach Antwon Hicks to run at the Rio Olympics (Shoutout to Making of Champions for their awesome photo + video!) CoachUp is excited to announce that Antwon Hicks, a member of our family and exceptional CoachUp Coach, has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Hicks, who will be competing in th.... More »

3 Ways to Protect Your Child When He’s Playing Outdoors

This post is sponsored by N’visible patch, a safe and effective way to protect your kids from but bites when playing outdoors.  With spring here and summer fast approaching, playing outdoors is an everyday event. Outdoor athletes face unique challenges as they not only battle sports opponents, th.... More »

NEW: Photo Certificates for Softball

These new Softball Photo Award Certificates enable you to easily create keepsake awards complete with a favorite photograph and personal words of praise. Choose from 20 different designs including individual player options and team options. “Our original Softball Award Certificates is one of o.... More »

How to Pull Your Child Out of the Dumps of Discouragement + MORE

Youth sports is a roller coaster of emotions, for parents and kids. And when you are at a low point in the ride, it seems like climbing out of the dumps of discouragement is a very daunting task. Hitting slumps. Dry shooting spells. Missed shots. Or maybe your child feels dejected because of team .... More »
As a coach you have an incredible amount of power to influence your athletes in a positive way, both in terms of their sportsmanship and generally as human beings.
MOTIVATION is a key element of this process.
Doing it wrong – by yelling, intimidation, humiliation, or other ineffective tactics – will only create negativity, fear, and frustration, setting your team up for eventual failure and possibly creating a terrible experience that’ll turn off your athletes from ever pursuing sports again…

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Lisa Cohn here from The Ultimate Sports Parent. Just yesterday, my 7-year-old told me he didn’t want to go to gymnastics. He said he didn’t like doing the warm-up exercises and wasn’t going to go any more.
But I know he loves his gymnastics class…
I had a few options here. One, tell him he had committed to the class and had to go…

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Woo! On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills announced that Kathryn Smith would be their next quality control-special teams coach, making her the NFL’s first full-time coach ever. We’ve written about female opportunities at the major league level before, including Jen Welter and Becky Hammon, but this may be the biggest step yet…

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All month, we’ve been asking our coaches, athletes, and parents to submit their stories that best represent the #CoachUpWay. Although the responses poured in, there can only be one selected winner for this first edition! Below, you’ll meet our friend, Stepan, a full-blooded Russian dominating the courts out in California…

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