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Why do Olympic athletes get little medals and kids get big trophies?

September 3, 2016

What does the gold medal stand for? It’s such a small award for such a big event. Why? Kids get big trophies for winning nothing.

Because the real reward of the Olympics is achieved before any medal is handed out. The real reward is just making it there. Olympic medals signify that sports aren’t just about finishing in the top three, but about commitment, competition, perseverance, fun, and the pursuit of excellence.

Remember parents – it’s not the size of the trophy, but the size of the experience that matters.


A successful person is a coachable person

June 10, 2016

Be Coachable. Always be ready for advice – even if you think you have it all together. Always keep an open mind and a receptive ear to constructive criticism. Sometimes you become so comfortable with what you’re doing, you can’t believe that you’re doing things incorrectly. Never become set in your ways; conquer your resistance to change. A successful person is a coachable person.

Parents – you’re being watched!

June 9, 2016

Be a role model of positivity and physical activity. Kids want to do what you do. Look how often you see them pushing plastic lawnmowers and shopping carts behind their parents. Kids are highly impressionable. They first learn by imitating – You are their first role model. Choose wisely what you do or say in front of them – You’re being watched.

Let them play sports on their own

June 7, 2016

Kids develop sports-sense – a sense for the game playing on their own. Timing and Instincts cannot be coached. Over-coaching and too much structured sports suppress what makes athletes great. The inner city basketball player changed the way basketball is played. The change happened while they were playing on their own….way before AAU.

The Reset Generation

November 5, 2014

“Hey coach! Two strikes . . . two outs . . . we’re down by three. Can I just reset it? Heck, that’s what I do when I’m playing video games.” The reset button on video games makes quitting easy. Quitting is a habit.

The reset button has become the “no regret button.” The accountability to oneself, as well as the sense of responsibility to the game is non-existent. Quitting, tabbed unacceptable in real life, is rehearsed on a daily basis in homes everywhere.

Every opportunity you had to come from behind and fight to the end, even with video games, was valuable. Learning to play hard until the final whistle, even if the outcome looks bleak is a skill in itself. Throwing in the towel before it’s over erodes the competitive psyche of a young person.

The reset button mentality has carried over to the real world and now defines modern family life. The daily behavior of the younger generation – and their parents – mimics what the reset button empowers. When any situation gets challenging – JUST RESET IT.

The natural athlete that lies within us all

July 27, 2013

Everybody starts out as a natural athlete in childhood, but very few continue to be one as they grow up. Somewhere along the way most lose the gift. A child’s approach to play is natural — free of self-concept, free of emotional barriers and fears. Approach sports as you did when you were a child, and you will rediscover the natural athlete that lies within us all.

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