A new study was just released this past week which suggests that fewer kids between the ages of 6-12 are participating in sports. In fact, the number of kids playing organized team sports has dropped by a stunning 8 percent over the last decade.
Now, if this is really true, that is quite a drop of.... More »
Are you content with your child’s youth sports experience? Here’s how you can tell if you are: You don’t stress about playing time or position. You can sit down and enjoy the game without getting upset at someone. You are not counting the days until the season ends. You are not nag.... More »
What is emotional intelligence? How do parents and teachers nurture it at home and in the classroom? What methods are working?
Emotional intelligence (EI for short) has become a popular term since Daniel Goleman authored his book with the same title in 1995. Several decades of research not on.... More »
This week, Female Concussions is the fourth injury in a 5-part series on youth sports injuries, sponsored by the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute, part of the University of Miami health system. UHealth is paying me for these posts because they believe strongly in the importance of a safe youth.... More »
Last week I received the following email (edited for anonymity). We get calls and emails like this quite often from amazing, passionate coaches who are trying to make a difference. Take a read: Dear John, I’m currently a head football coach…I took over the program last January after bein.... More »
Mental Preparation For Young Athletes
A parent asks:
“My child doesn’t seem as mentally ready as some of the other kids in his league. I need concrete ideas on what to say and do to help my child prepare for competition.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
This old Benjamin Franklin quote says it all! Lack of mental preparation by kids leads to lack of consistency in their play…
EDITOR’S NOTE: When my nephew Matt McMonagle told me of his plans to visit all 50 states as a way of determining where he wanted to live long-term (and more), I was impressed and a little envious. What an adventure! Matt is just the type of guy to pull it off in style. Here’s his story. […]
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