When to Say Yes to Your Kid Quitting the Team

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When to Say Yes to Your Kid Quitting the Team

By TrueSport
This last Games cycle has taught many athletes and coaches the importance of prioritizing mental health as much as we prioritize physical health in sport. And for some athletes, that may mean sitting out major competitions — as gymnast Simone Biles elected to do in the Tokyo 2020 Games — and it could even mean quitting a team altogether.

6 Ways to Give the Gift of Sport on a Budget

By TrueSport
Youth sports may seem expensive, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Between team fees, extra lessons, and all the gear needed for a growing athlete, it adds up fast. And with the holidays coming, the list of sports-themed needs and wants is likely getting longer and longer. But sports don’t need to be exclusive to families with money to spare: You can give the gift of sport on a budget.

TrueSport Ambassadors on the Life-Changing Power of Sport

By TrueSport
Even from a young age, the sports children play and the teams they join can shape them into the adults that they will become. Here, three TrueSport Ambassadors are sharing how sport has changed their lives, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally.

How to Manage Expectations: This Experience Belongs to your Child

Parents and coaches play such a key role in a child’s development and enjoyment of their sports experience. Children’s’ top reason for playing sports is to have fun. As coaches and parents, we must do our part and prioritize the enjoyment to be had in sports.

4 Gold-Nuggets That Will Improve Athletic Performance (PDF)

By David Benzel
As a parent of a young athlete, extra time is usually spent shuttling to and from practices and games — and of course cheering on your kid’s efforts.
We get it. And we’re here to help. Here are 4 gold nuggets from some must-reads in the athletic performance and mindset space – plus we’ll give you the real-life application.

Video: Better Than Duct Tape

What if I told you there’s one thing you do every day that has a huge impact on each of your relationships, and yet you’ve never been taught how to do it well? This one skill can help you get along with managers, coaches, sons, daughter, and your spouse…and the sooner you learn it, the nicer people will treat you
wherever you go.

Why and How to Help Your Team Practice Appreciation

By TrueSport
Teammates who regularly spend time praising, acknowledging, and appreciating each other will work better as a unit. And as the sport cliche goes, sometimes the best offense is a good defense. When coaching a team, creating a culture of appreciation is absolutely the best defense against bullying and other issues amongst teammates.

9 Easy Ways to Prevent Cliques on Teams

By TrueSport
When it comes to preventing cliques and bullying behaviors, it’s best to be proactive. While it’s easy to get caught up in drills, rosters, and logistics, coaches who focus on building strong team-wide relationships from the first day of practice are less likely to run into the social problems, like cliques, that hurt teams and players.

6 Things To Do When Coaching Your Own Child

By TrueSport
Many parents get into coaching because they have a child in the sport. It can be a fun, rewarding experience for both of you, but as you might have realized, it can also be a challenge. As a parent and a coach, it can be difficult to establish expectations and boundaries that keep everyone happy, including you, your athlete, and the other parents and athletes on the team.

Turning Sports Leaders into Life Leaders

By TrueSport
While some kids may not consider themselves natural leaders, it’s important for athletes to understand that they can learn these skills. But how do you, as a parent or a coach, hone those leadership skills and help athletes see the benefits of enhancing those skills in and out of sport?