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The tipping point with junior coaches

The Tipping Point in Youth Sports Posted In Leadership, Problems in Youth Sports, Talent Development “What happens to us parents and coaches,” I often get asked, “that turns us from sensible, relaxed people to stressed out adults roaming up and down sports sidelines...

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What makes a good coach?

This piece by Dr. Alan Goldberg is one of the best essays on coaching I have ever read. Coaches who typically get too caught up in their won-loss record, who tend to focus too much on the importance of the outcome are always most vulnerable to making the kinds of...

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Growing Leaders

As parents and coaches, are we encouraging leadership in the kids of today? Kathy Caprino: While I spend my professional time now as a career success coach, writer, and leadership trainer, I was a marriage and family therapist in my past, and worked for several years...

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John Kessel’s new book (and it’s free!)

John has spent a great deal of time putting these articles together in a book called "Growing the Game Together". I am sure there are a multitude of great ideas for you on every page. Elson Volley thanks John for allowing us to put a download link to the book on our...

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“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer An article worth reading by Mark O’Sullivan at footblogball: When we test a players skill level under conditions that do not reflect the...

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