Is Competition Good or Bad? + MORE

Is Competition Good or Bad? + MORE
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How to “Win at Losing” and our Other Favorite Books of 2017 + MORE

As the summer holidays roll around for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is a great time to do some reading. Twice a year we compile a list of the books we have enjoyed in the fields of athlete development, leadership, coaching, and parenting, and share them with our readers so that you The.... More »
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Do’s And Don’ts Of Supplements For Young Athletes + MORE

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Supplement use in high school aged athletes is very common, especially amongst male athletes Whenever possible get your “supplement” from food first, for exa.... More »

NATA Issues New Sports Health and Safety Best Practice Guidelines

The National Athletic Trainers' Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines.  Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely mirror best practice recommendations that MomsTEAM Institute, a member of the Alliance,.... More »


Today is the day I’m going to talk about sports psychology. Many of you know me as primarily focusing on sports parenting issues, having written youth sports columns for a decade for Sports Illustrated, and of course, doing my Sports Edge show on WFAN Radio for the last 20 years. But before I went.... More »

How to Turn a Bad Season Around

What is a “Bad” season anyway? Have you ever gone through a season that can only be described as “Bad?” Maybe your child is struggling with getting along with her teammates. Or isn’t getting the playing time he wants. Or isn’t improving at the rate you’d lik.... More »
national flag football tournament 1454596505 864732820 Is Competition Good or Bad? + MORECoaches often utter the words “believe in yourself” to young people struggling with self-confidence. But what does it mean to believe in yourself? And why is it so important to the development of healthy and successful youth?
No one in the world of psychology is better known for the study of what these words mean than former Stanford professor Albert Bandura…

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youth sports 1454596506 612789629 Is Competition Good or Bad? + MOREWhat is collective impact? And how can it make a difference for children and teens?
Collective impact is a relatively new term and strategy for helping communities effect positive social change. For example, most communities offer a variety of support to young people through after-school programs, services, internships, etc…

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Is Competition Good or Bad?


As a Sports Performance Consultant and author I get this question A LOT, especially from parents of young athletes who are trying to figure out the best approach to handling their son’s or daughter’s wins, losses, and overall approach to competition.
So is it good or bad? The answer is YES!
Competition can be good or bad depending upon the adults involved…

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(Thanks to Pendulum Studios for allowing us to share their great photo — it looks gorgeous!) So often, many of the youth sports-related news we deliver here is sad — there’s no two ways around it. Between costs, injuries, and potential elitism, it’s fair to say that country-wide press about the topic usually isn’t positive…

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kids football tournaments 1454596507 1283115307 Is Competition Good or Bad? + MOREThe phrase “family values” conjures an array of reactions in today’s politically charged world. And that’s a shame. Because whether our family values are conservative or liberal shouldn’t really change the ideals we hold for raising and educating our children.
Family values have far too long been associated with one’s political agenda, particular in the United States…

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