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

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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?

Differentiated Leadership: How to Figure Out What Each Athlete Needs

By TrueSport
On a team, there are athletes who naturally gravitate towards leadership roles and require little support. But those athletes aren’t the only ones who can be team leaders, and a dedicated coach can help athletes hone previously dormant leadership skills.

Video: Asking Wonder-FULL Questions

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.

Video: DOs & DON’Ts for Talking With Kids

Are you a parent who’s frustrated with one-word answers, or perhaps worse…the silent treatment? You’re probably just trying to find out what’s going on in your child’s life…right? So why does this happen so often between parents and their children?

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.