Archive for February 2012

The habits of champions

February 25, 2012

Champions are developed in the off-season. All the hours of practice, all the hard work, and all the sacrifices – these things will not be forgotten. When the season rolls around and crunch time nears, champions will take what they deserve. They know how much was invested, and they understand that they are the most prepared. They paid their dues – they refuse to lose.

To be a champion, you can’t ration the passion.

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The Reset Generation

February 10, 2012

Easy street is gridlocked

Everybody’s a winner, trophies for winning nothing, no keeping score, no child left behind, no consequences, no cuts, no struggle, the reset button, limited recess, no tag, teacher chooses teams at recess, helicopter parenting, over structured, over protected, over padded, over instructed, over kill…The list of “easiest as we can make it” goes on.

Parents and society have removed and continue to remove opportunities for kids to develop life skills. How will they manage on their own in the real world. What will the outcome be?

Will kids have what it takes to stand strong in the wake of adversity and meet the challenges no matter the circumstances, or will they hunt aimlessly for the reset button that real life can never offer?

Sports injuries can be a positve thing

February 8, 2012

Part of sports medicine is to find out what other aspects of the game a young athlete can practice without further aggravating an injury. Ex: If athletes have an elbow strain and play base/softball, they can practice fielding, catching deep flys (both without throwing), bunting, one handed swinging etc. To keep the morale up of injured athletes, tell them they can come back a better player/athlete even thou injured. There’s always something an athlete can practice with most injuries. It’s a great time to work on weaknesses. I’ve practiced this for years, injuries can be a blessing in disguise for a young athlete…if you know what you’re doing.

Sports injuries sometimes can be a positive thing

February 3, 2012

Part of sports medicine is to find out what other aspects of the game a young athlete can practice without further aggravating an injury. If he/she has something like an elbow strain, he can practice fielding without throwing, bunting, catching deep fly balls, etc. There’s always something an athlete can practice with most injuries. To keep the moral up of an injured athlete, tell her she can come back a better player even thou she is injured. It’s a great time to work on weaknesses. I’ve practiced this for years, injuries can be a blessing in disguise…if you know what you’re doing.


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