How to Recognize the Uncontrollables and Stay Focused on What Matters Most + MORE

How to Recognize the Uncontrollables and Stay Focused on What Matters Most + MORE

COPING WITH ADVERSITY: Are Sports Parents Shielding Their Kids Too Much? + MORE

 Teaching Youth Leaguers to Overcome Adversity: Perspectives From a Hall of Fame Coach By Doug Abrams Tom Izzo, Michigan State University’s successful head basketball coach, sat for a lengthy interview last month on “The Drive With Jack Ebling.” The recent inductee into the Naismith Basketbal.... More »
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ABUSIVE SPORTS PARENTS: The Growing Shortage of Sports Officials + MORE

 How Referee Shortages Threaten Player Safety  By Doug Abrams On March 27, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer published a thoughtful article by Tim Stevens, “Abusive Fans Make It Tougher to Recruit High School Sports Refs.” The article led with this troublesome forecast: “Irate high school sport.... More »

DEALING WITH FINANCIAL CONCERNS: The Built-in Value of Used Equipment Banks for Kids + MORE

Used-Equipment Banks: One Way to Reduce Costs and Boost Enrollment  By Doug Abrams Much has been written lately about the escalating costs of playing youth sports, particularly at the travel and elite levels. Commentators have described burdens imposed by interstate travel and lodging, handsomely .... More »
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Lionel Messi and the Will to Compete + MORE

Lionel Messi lay battered on the turf. As he raised his head from the grass, he spit out a mouthful of blood and a tooth. He’d just taken an elbow to the face, one of many kicks, elbows, and bruises he would endure that day. Soon after another player was given a red card for The post Lionel Messi .... More »
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The Athletes Guide to Essential Self-Care + MORE

Many athletes like to pride themselves on being “tough” and pushing themselves to the limits. They are hyper-focused on their goals and apply all their energy towards the big game, race, or performance coming up in the near future or the end of the season. They wake up early to work out, put i.... More »
Wednesday is Friendsday here at CoachUp so we’re anxious to share our newest Coach Spotlight Series with you all! This week we’ve got Mickey Lai, one of our awesome coaches from Mountain View, California. As always, we urge our readers to reflect upon how Coach Mickey’s answers and beliefs can be wrapped into your parenting, […] The post Coach Spotlight Series: Mickey Lai appeared first on CoachUp Blog.

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When you go into a game focusing on one or more UC’s or “uncontrollables” three things will always happen to you. First, you will begin to get nervous and physically tense. Second, you will lose your self-confidence. Third, and as a direct result of these first two, your performance will quickly “head south,” down the proverbial tubes…

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In a stunning development in the debate over soccer heading, the United States Soccer Federation ("USSF") announced on November 9, 2015 a series of steps aimed at reducing the risk of head injuries in soccer and better managing them when they occur. As part of a settlement resolving a pending class-action lawsuit filed against USSF and others in 2014, the organization will now recommend that players age 11 and younger be barred from heading the ball and that headers be limited – but in practice only – for those from age 12 and 13…

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