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3 Questions That Turn Losing into Learning

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/3-questions-that-turn-losing-into-learning/ by John O’Sullivan   “Do you want to win every game you play for the rest of your life?” That was a question that Olympic gold medalist and current USA Women’s Volleyball team head coach Karch Kiraly asked his team as they prepared for the 2014 World Championships.…
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Yes, I Do Play My Favorites

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/yes-play-favorites/ by John O’Sullivan (Article written by James Leath (@jamesleath)) “I am sick and tired of coaches playing favorites” a parent once told me at a speaking event. “A coach should be completely impartial. It teaches the wrong message when he or she only plays favorites. Am I right?”…
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Redefining Success: 8 Tips for Being a Great Sports Parent

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/redefining-success-8-tips-for-being-a-great-sports-parent/   By James Leath “When did parenting get to be so stressful?” began a recent post on the Changing the Game Project Facebook page. “I worry that if I don’t provide them with the best equipment, or get them on the best team, or take them to every…
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An Open Letter to My Dad, who Makes Me Want to Quit Sports

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/open-letter-dad-wont-stop-yelling/ by John O’Sullivan     Dear Dad, I was afraid to say this to your face after the game today, but I was thinking that maybe you could stop coming to my games for a while. It doesn’t seem that fun for you anyway, and I know it’s…
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8 Coaching Mistakes I Wish I Never Made

Source: Changing the game project – http://changingthegameproject.com/8-coaching-mistakes-wish-never-made/ by John O’Sullivan   In 2002, I received a phone call from Patrick, a former high school player I had coached. He had graduated college and was applying to medical school. “Coach,” he said, “I just wanted to let you know that I am studying for my medical…
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Four Words That Can Change the Culture of Youth Sports

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/four-words-that-can-change-the-culture-of-youth-sports/ by John O’Sullivan If you have ever flown Southwest Airlines, you know that they do things a bit differently. If you ask an employee of the airline what that difference is, they will tell you one word: culture. The culture of Southwest is one they have worked very hard to cultivate, and every…
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The Rule of One: How One Person, One Comment, One Time Can Change a Life Forever

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/the-rule-of-one/ by John O’Sullivan I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a junior in high school, and sat three rows back, middle row of my English literature class at St Anthony’s High School in New York. Brother Jeff, a Franciscan brother who was a pleasant combination strict and jovial, was my teacher.…
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THE EFFECTS OF BULLYING IN SPORTS

Source: http://sportsconflict.org/effects-of-bullying-in-sports/ Author: Kevin Cave, JD Having participated in more than half a dozen different team sports for more than twenty years, I have witnessed and been the target of bullying in sports often. At times, the behavior of my teammates was mentally and emotionally harmful and detrimental to accomplishing team goals. In other cases,…
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We are not just coaches, we are life skills teachers.

There is a more important role coaches have that goes above and beyond directing herds of children around a soccer pitch and how to toe hack a ball properly.  As coaches, we are not just here to teach soccer skills but we are also role models, leaders, and teachers of of many other life skills…
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Why Your Player’s Talent Is Irrelevant

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-your-players-talent-irrelevant-todd-beane?trk=prof-post Original Author: Todd Beane   Was Leo Messi born a star? Is talent innate or acquired? While we may find the nature vs. nurture debate interesting it is completely irrelevant to us as coaches. A player will show up for training on day one and that is where we begin. Our day one with…
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