Tag Archives: student-athlete
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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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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20
Jan

What your daughter really wants

Softball is something I fell in love with when my daughter started playing the sport; she was 12-years old. Since we both believed in practice we would spend countless hours working on improving her skills. Some of my fondest memories are when she started playing travel ball, but not for the reasons you might think.

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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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09
Sep

Anyone can have mental toughness

We sometimes hear on TV, and the radio during a sports broadcast that a person is “mentally tough,” but what does that mean? It’s a subjective term—it can mean different things to different people—so here is my take on being mentally tough.

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07
Sep

The challenge of the transition in sports

As another school year begins, student-athletes are entering junior high and high school classrooms for the first time; it seems appropriate to point out some of the differences that they will find in the months (and years) ahead. Compared to elementary school, and even junior high, the transition into

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06
Aug

Conditioning your mind through your body

Softball players—practice. Softball players do a lot of exercising in the beginning of a season, especially running. The obvious reason is to get the body prepared for upcoming games. The not-so-obvious reason though is the

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