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Athletes Should Look For “Fit” Beyond Sports When Being Recruited (Video)

College Athletic Recruiting: The Championship Portion of the Season

Effective communication between prospective student-athletes and college coaches can be a critical component in the final analysis of the college athletic recruiting search for high school athletes. That being the case, prospects should ramp up their effort during the championship portion of the season to weld the coach-prospect relationship strongly.

Performance Anxiety? 3 Helpful Tips for Your Athlete

You can almost hear the wheels of fun come to a screeching halt when a young athlete experiences his/her first performance anxiety. As parents and coaches, we know that the heart-pounding and stomach-churning experience of competition is not a one-time deal.

Video – Raising Selfless Children

Selflessness doesn’t come easily in our society. It requires us to turn our attention away from our own needs, against the urging of our egos and desire for self-gratification.

The Five Temptations of Youth Sport-Parents (PDF)

By David Benzel
From those experiences I have compiled the five most common temptations parents face as they navigate the deceptively dangerous waters of youth sports. I say “deceptively” dangerous because when you leave the harbor on your first Little League or Pop Warner journey, you cannot possibly see the emotional rough seas or the potential mutiny that lies ahead.