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“Make Failure Your Fuel”: How to Help Your Athletes Learn from Adversity

source: http://changingthegameproject.com/make-failure-your-fuel/   n May 2018, retired US Women’s National Soccer team star Abby Wambach gave the commencement address to 600 women from Barnard College in New York City. Wambach, the all-time leading scorer for Team USA, an Olympic and World Cup champion, and an inspirational athlete known for playing with passion and giving her…
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Parenting and Coaching The Perfectionist Athlete

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/parenting-coaching-perfectionist-athlete/ Last week, we received a question that we get often, so we thought it would make a great blog: “I was wondering if you could provide some advice. My son is 8 years old and plays on a travel baseball team. [He is ] blessed with athleticism. He’s fast and has great hand-eye…
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In Youth Sports, there is no LTAD without STAE

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/youth-sports-no-ltad-without-stae/   “Imagine youth sports was a room. On one end of the room, there is a door where everyone enters. At the other end, there is another door where everyone leaves.” So began a long conversation I had with Peter Hugg, the Head of Football (soccer) for Football New South Wales in Australia,…
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Can Youth Sports be Both Fun and Competitive?

source: http://changingthegameproject.com/can-youth-sports-fun-competitive/ I got an email from a distraught parent the other day. She described a scene where the coach was screaming at the girls after a loss. She was beside herself at how the coach treated the girls. He was demeaning, he was loud and scary, and he had lost perspective on the age…
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How to Make Coaching a True Profession

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/make-coaching-true-profession/   “It ain’t what you know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know that just ain’t true.” – Mark Twain “What makes you a professional?” That was the question Dr. Richard Bailey, Head of Research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, posed to myself and  250 PGA…
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Take out the finger savers

I see a lot of coaches letting there young goal keepers use “finger savers” in gloves lately.  While they do serve a purpose to protect fingers that are sprained from further injury they should not be used regularly.  Finger savers, especially on young keepers or keepers with small hands, prevent the player from spreading there…
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When Will Youth Sports Actually Serve the Needs of Youth?

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/youth-sports-serve-needs-of-youth/ In late February I was traveling and speaking in Sydney and Perth, Australia, working for a variety of sports organizations including the Football (Soccer) Federation of Australia, Football New South Wales, the Western Australia Department of Sports and Recreation, and the WA Aussie Rules Football Committee. While on site, I got to visit…
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Pound the Rock! What the San Antonio Spurs Can Teach Us About Getting 1% Better Every Day

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/pound-the-rock/ One of the most successful sporting franchises across the globe the last few decades is the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. With five NBA titles since 1999, 22 overall division titles, having won at least 50 games for 18 consecutive seasons, and having missed the playoffs only 4 times in their history,…
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Winning the Race to the Right Finish Line in Youth Sports

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/winning-race-right-finish-line/   Kevin McLaughlin, USA Hockey’s Director of Youth Hockey Development, was not looking forward to opening his email in January 2009. He knew it was going to be full of angry posts. He knew he and his colleagues at USA Hockey would be accused of destroying the game and taking the toughness out…
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Take a Stand Against Bullying – Become an Upstander

source: http://www.stompoutbullying.org/blog/take-stand-against-bullying-become-upstander/   Bullying Bystanders Become Upstanders Many of us have been bystanders in difficult situations where we are uncertain of what action to take to help improve the outcome of a certain scenario. And while it is common to feel this way, there are steps you can take to create change. Especially when it…
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