Is “I don’t want to talk about it!” an Option in Your House? + MORE

Is “I don’t want to talk about it!” an Option in Your House? + MORE

Sports Parents, Whose Game Is it? Yours or Your Child’s? + MORE

Sports parents, are you letting your child play his or her game, or are they playing yours? This post is an excerpt from my book 11 Habits of Happy and Positive Sports Parents.  To get your copy or learn how you can give one to every parent on your child’s team, click here. It’s hard for spor.... More »
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What Does Your Child’s VICTORY Look Like? + MORE

Sometimes there is victory in just finishing. When I talk in this video about working through the pain, I’m also referring to the emotional stress. Sometimes that hurts more than the physical.          Related StoriesWhy Keeping the Fun in Youth Sports .... More »

3 Ways to Motivate Your Child Without Comparing + MORE

In an attempt to motivate your child, have you ever fallen into the trap of comparing them to another athlete or sibling? It may seem like an efficient motivational tactic, but actually its effect is short- lived, if it even has an impact. I tried it a few times and what was the result? My kids...R.... More »
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Why I Hold My Breath On Kickoffs

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Football kickoffs are the plays most likely to result in serious injury to players The NFL, NCAA, and high school federations recognize this and have taken a number.... More »
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The Most Intimidating Pre-Game Ritual in Sports: the Haka Dance + MORE

What the Yankees are to baseball, the New Zealand All Blacks are to rugby. In addition to an impressive history of victories, the All Blacks bring the most intimidating pre-game ritual in all of sports with their Haka Dance. Imagine you’re a rugby player from another country, and you’re .... More »
If you have a dream in your sport…
If you really want to go as far as possible…
If the pursuit of excellence is truly important to you…Then you need to surround yourself with athletes who are BETTER than you!

Teammates and opponents will help you get better than you are now, only if they push and outperform you…

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So now that this blog isn’t daily, I’ve fallen into this bad habit of seeing something interesting, thinking, “That would make a nice quick blog post,” saving it—and then, without the daily deadline, forgetting it.
So I’ve got a backlog of interesting tidbits. I’ll present them as a roundup today, and pledge that I will be more conscientious about heading straight to the blog when I see something interesting…

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junior football tournaments 1429887607 370959772 Is “I don’t want to talk about it!” an Option in Your House? + MOREBuilding trust in kids is critical for coaches. If coaches establish a close, trusting relationship with their players, the players are more likely to feel confident, supported, and open—all keys to learning and transferring sports skills to life.
In an inspiring interview with Thom Schauerman, varsity soccer coach and middle school volleyball coach at The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pa…

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Don’t sweep issues under the rug. Don’t ignore the elephant in the room. Sure, give your kids space and time when they need it, but don’t neglect teaching them this very important skill…       Are you or your child struggling with an issue in youth sports?  I’m available for one-on-one mentoring…

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