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

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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.

Video – A Hero in Every Parent, A Winner in Every Child

Share these inspiring strategies with your children to help them cope with the ups and downs of daily life. Be sure to review the attached “Handout” that includes exercises to benefit your whole family.

5 Activities to Build Resilience in Youth Athletes

By TrueSport
One of the many outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic was that young athletes had to become resilient. No matter how much we may want to shield children from the harsh realities of cancelled seasons, lockdowns, and quarantines, every child experienced some kind of loss or hardship during the pandemic.

Video: Choose Optimism

Share these inspiring strategies with your children to help them cope with the ups and downs of daily life. Be sure to review the attached “Handout” that includes exercises to benefit your whole family.