Seeing Athletes as Individuals

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Seeing Athletes as Individuals

Positive Coaching Alliance defines culture as “the way we do things here,” and it’s important to define what it means to be a part of the “we.” Defining the “we” in culture and developing an inclusive environment starts with getting to know our athletes individually; with their unique stories, unique strengths and unique differences.

Video: Prisoner, Settler, Pioneer

Adversity makes us stronger, when we battle through it. But not everyone chooses to embrace their obstacles or welcome adversity. In fact, many of us whine, complain, and run the other way when things get tough or ugly

7 Things Not To Do When Coaching Your Own Child

By TrueSport
Coaching your child’s team or coaching your child in an individual sport can be an extremely difficult task, albeit an incredibly rewarding one. It’s not a position that should be taken lightly, and there are a few things to remember before you start.

3 Ways to Improve Your Athlete’s Physical Literacy (PDF)

By David Benzel
As you would imagine, becoming physically literate starts early in life when kids are exposed to fundamental movements – things like running, skipping, jumping, catching, kicking, sliding, and striking. Involvement in youth sports then builds upon these basics.

Video: Inspire a Child and Get Out of the Way

While motivation comes from within, inspiration can come from the outside. At any moment, an athlete can be inspired, which is a positive energy or enthusiasm created by an outside stimuli.

3 Conversation-Starters If Your Athlete Is Being Bullied (PDF)

Learning to cope with the not-so-nice words and opinions of others is a natural part of growing up. However, when the occasional negative interaction turns into a continuous and painful reality, it becomes a form of bullying.

Video: Can You Motivate Your Child?

Since motivation is the pursuit of an unmet need, a parent’s goal is to discover the need
and provide opportunities for experiencing whatever satisfies the need. Begin this
process by finding out why your son/daughter plays the sport they’re in.

How to Help Athletes Have Difficult Conversations

By TrueSport
Whether you’re a child or an adult, a coach or a parent, a teammate or a team leader, difficult conversations are never easy. Having frank discussions that feel confrontational can be intimidating and emotionally taxing at any age, but fortunately, there are ways to improve your athlete’s ability to handle difficult conversations with teammates, coaches, and parents.

Would a Mentor Put Your Athlete on the Fast Track? (PDF)

By David Benzel
If you are a sports Mom or Dad trying to set your athlete up for success, you might have pondered these questions. In fact, wondering if you are “doing all that you can,” is par for the course.

Video: How Confidence is Lost and Found

Your child’s swagger is based on specific beliefs. You can help build self-confidence if you’re reinforcing real progress. All praise should be specific, pointing out a behavior you truly believe is worthy of reinforcing. It’s important not to make up stuff.