Tag Archives: parent
15
Jun

The first WCFP blog post ever written

It’s surprising to think one year has passed since we started this blog; 365-days ago today we published the first post. Here it is… Connecting with vs. coaching your child “Understand there is a difference between a coach on the ball field telling you something, and your dad (whom you see every day) telling you [...]

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10
May

All-stars team: to play, or not to play?

All-stars – a team of the best athletes from a league, tournament, etc. I recently had a softball parent ask me my thoughts on her child playing for an all-stars team; with her permission here they are…

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28
Apr

A parent’s question about softball pitchers masks

I had a parent ask me during a recent pitching lesson which brand of face mask he should get for his daughter. It seemed like the best answer to give him (and share here on the blog) is the answer other pitchers have given us. Six-of-eight pitchers we talked to said they prefer the Rip-It

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08
Apr

Who influences your student-athlete?

Who influences your student-athlete? I, like most parents, like to think that I am the most influential person in my children’s life. While I agree with that thought for the most part, I see other influences as well. It is not uncommon to spend

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11
Mar

Measuring your daughter’s improvement

So I posted a question on Facebook Monday, and got some good responses. My answer to the question—”How do you measure your daughter’s improvement in athletics from year-to-year?”—follows. Because I have a background in coaching, I was a little more specific in measuring my daughter’s progress. We also did this with my sons. We had six areas [...]

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27
Feb

Motivation means nothing without this…

The more I coach the more I reflect on myself as a young athlete growing up playing football, and baseball. I was an okay athlete with a strong desire to succeed. I worked in the off-season to improve my skills and it paid off at times. But now as an adult I realize that as a [...]

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12
Oct

The challenges that multi-sport athletes face

The following is a response to a reader’s suggestion. As a high school softball coach, I disliked sharing my athletes with other sports because it disrupted my practices/schedule for the team. If you have a daughter that’s good at softball she’s probably good at others sports as well, and the

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06
Oct

Dealing with parent, and player conflict

The following is a response to a reader’s suggestion. To date, I have coached boys and girls sports for 17-years, and in that time I have had my share of difficult parents and players. One event that comes to mind involved one of my players, her parent, my assistant coach, and the principal of our school. The [...]

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25
Aug

How parents can be assistant-coaches

As previously stated, when you coach kids you coach their parents. Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for a couple of reasons. But I want to focus on how parents can be good assistant-coaches. In my opinion, being an assistant-coach means that the parent (or [...]

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24
Aug

Parents as assistant-coaches

When you coach a kid you coach her parent. Period. Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for that reason. I find it can be a huge advantage for myself, and the athlete in the long-run though. First, here are two of the reasons why I think [...]

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