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Is Your Athlete Seeing the Big Picture or Riding an Emotional Roller Coaster? (PDF)

By David Benzel
On a list of factors that impact the youth sports experience, perspective is at the top. How you and your young athlete view victories, challenges, and losses determine whether or not it feels like a roller coaster or a smooth sailing vessel.

Video: 3 Voices of Fear Fixed with 1 Question of Courage

It’s been said that, “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” The person who said it is a young girl who looked a monster shark in the face as it bit off her arm. The courage she chooses every day is inspiring.

College Recruiting: The NCAA Dead Period

By Tom Kovic
Families and prospective student-athletes who have a firm grip on NCAA recruiting rules will run into fewer roadblocks while navigating the college quest. The NCAA manual is a comprehensive resource, and sometimes difficult to comprehend and navigate. Let’s take a “cliff notes” approach to the NCAA Dead Period.

Help Your Kids Stand Out in a Sea of Siblings (PDF)

Playing second fiddle… Being the understudy… Assigned to second string … Low man on the totem pole…
None of these phrases evoke a sense of confidence. In fact, they all imply being second best. Yet this might be how one or more of your kids feel if they are in the shadow of a sibling who is a Rockstar-athlete.

Video: Above and Beyond

At 211 degrees you have hot water. But with the increase of only one degree, you have steam and you can power a locomotive. People often look for shortcuts to success, but consistent incremental increases in an effort are actually what leads to HUGE gains. Going above and beyond in small degrees can make all the difference.