When Life Isn’t Fair, What Should We Teach Our Athletes? (PDF)

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When Life Isn’t Fair, What Should We Teach Our Athletes? (PDF)

By David Benzel
Life is NOT always fair. And when we believe that life is fair, or that it should be, our expectations war against the reality.

Video: How to Cope With Performance Peaks and Valleys Page

How the Best Coaches Get More of the Behaviors They Want (PDF)

By David Benzel
A balanced mix of instruction and inspiration can bring about a positive learning environment. But with countless personality traits and varying skill levels on one team, finding that balance can be tricky.

Youth Sports: How to Deal with Anxiety Around Return to Play

By TrueSport
As young athletes return to practice after being away from friends and coaches for months due to COVID-19 lockdowns, athlete anxiety will be natural. Not only are there new safety protocols in place that may seem confusing or intimidating, it’s a big shift emotionally as well.

How Do You Handle Adversity (PDF)

There are generally three camps of people when it comes to facing adversity. And the different responses can help
to explain the varying degrees of success experienced. There are Prisoners, Settlers, and Pioneers.

Video: Lou Gehrig – Create Your Opportunities

Do opportunities come to the lucky, or to those who are prepared? This lesson uses a baseball legend to teach the value of earning opportunities.

Video: Caroline Wozniacki – A Formula for Success

In addition to the usual strategies for success used by top professional athletes, Caroline Wozniacki has used three specific concepts to escalate herself to the top of women’s tennis.

Video: 3 Tips for Handling Performance Slumps

A slump in performance is discouraging, but a normal occurrence for young athletes. Learn three strategies for handling those moments so they don’t become a lasting problem.

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.