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What Type of Young Adults and Adults will this Generation Become?

What Type of Young Adults and Adults will this Generation Become?

I was truly horrified when I read the article about the coach who was forced to bench or move his players to a different position because their team was winning by too greater margin. It really made me stop and think about what type of young adults and adults this generation will become. When I was in high school, which was some time ago now, I had to consider what career I wanted to do and what courses I wanted to study at university. Having been a reasonably elite tennis...

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Parents gone wild: 4 things you can do to deal with overreacting parents

The stereotype of the sports parent screaming and acting aggressively, profanities flying until the angry mum or dad is thrown out of the rink, gymnasium or the field, didn’t create itself. Parents, coaches, and team administrators have all witnessed this behaviour. But now, as reported on CBC radio in this shocking news segment, heckling, screaming, and violent parents are not restricted to minor sports events anymore. These aggressive behaviours are becoming the norm at kids’ music recitals. Yes, you read correctly. The high-stakes world of youth orchestras is the new...

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Release Your Child to the Game!

“I don’t know where to turn,” an exasperated dad recently told me after a speaking event. “My son is fast, and he is skilled. We do lots of extra practice, we go to a private skills coach, we are doing everything it takes to get to the next level, but something is not right. He is not doing as well as he should. He seems to have lost his motivation. What should we do?” “We?” I asked the dad. “You keep using the word ‘we.’ Whose experience is this; his,...

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An Uncommon Man: Life Lessons from a True Sporting Role Model

Back in the summer of 2000, I was just completing my first year as an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Vermont. Between sessions of summer camp, I often ducked out of the heat by having lunch in the cool confines of UVM’s famed Gutterson Field House, watching some of the planet’s best ice hockey players playing summer pickup games. Olympians and NHL champions such as John LeClair, Aaron Miller, Tim Thomas, and Patrick Sharp honed their skills in these games, and I had quite the front row...

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An Open Letter to My Dad, who Makes Me Want to Quit Sports

Dear Dad, I was afraid to say this to your face after the game today, but I was thinking that maybe you could stop coming to my games for a while. It doesn’t seem that fun for you anyway, and I know it’s not fun for me when you are there. I used to love when you watched my play when I was younger, but now, I wish you weren’t there. I think I am starting to hate playing soccer. I might quit. I bet you are wondering why. I...

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