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Six Books Every Coach Should Read
With the high school sports season on hold, we have an opportunity to use this time to refresh, renew and reinvigorate. Reading is a great way to do that. Here are six books I (NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young) recommend to coaches, no matter your team or sport to enhance your work or share with your team.
The rise of flag football
While many of us were focused on the Pro Bowl, a different kind of championship football game was also happening in Orlando: the NFL Flag Football Championships.The conversations around the pros (read: reduced risk of injury) of this variation on of the sport are multiplying exponentially—and the stakes are high. Even when it’s not Pro Bowl week football is the most popular sport to watch in America, and while there are concerns about football’s popularity dropping, more than half of us identify as fans of the NFL, college football, or both.
The true cost of youth sports
It’s no secret that youth sports can require a huge investment—of time, money and emotions. Yet, parents too often find themselves blindsided once the season is in full swing: travel team costs, dues, equipment, safety gear and tournaments can quickly add up. The truth is, for most of these families, there is no financial return on their youth sports investment: only about 2 percent of high school athletes earn athletics scholarships for college.
Being present is the best gift you can give
Parenting is hard work. Most of us are overly – tough on ourselves, and the holidays seem to amplify our perceived flaws and failures. As you’re spending precious time with your family this season, remember that sometimes the best present is being present. We may not make it through each day perfectly, and that’s not the point. Our goal should be to commit to making improvements that are reasonable, sustainable and that recharge our emotional batteries! With that goal, here are 10 resolutions we can commit to in 2020 to help us become better sports parents (and just happier, overall):
Why are so many team athletes struggling with depression?
We all value the positive effects that playing sports can have on our kids – improved social skills, higher self-esteem, better mental and physical health, for starters. However it’s not all fun and games. Toxic and/or too-intense sports experiences have also been found to contribute to depression and anxiety in young athletes.
What kind of coach are you?
The main question is this: Why do you want to be a coach? Take the inCourage Coach Self-Assessment questionnaire to help focus on the kind of coach you’d like to be.
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Project Play summit spotlights urgency of solving the problems plaguing youth sports
The Aspen Institute held its fifth annual Project Play Summit earlier this month in Detroit, Michigan. I was lucky to join more than 500 thought leaders in the worlds of sports and health for two days of thought-provoking panels and breakout sessions.
Cyberbullying is real; so are the solutions
Cyberbullying is more than a buzzword in the discussion about bullying. It’s a serious and growing problem, and, to our horror, a major cause of suicide in young people who are victims of online harassment and intimidation. Though the threat and dangers of online harassment is very real, so are the solutions. And these solutions are practical and simple to implement.
Spot and stop bullying and hazing
Kids see and experience bullying and, too often, never mention it to the adults in their life for many reasons. To create a culture that does not tolerate bullying, you need to teach your team members how to identify this toxic behavior and know how to stop it.
Parent-coach relationships don’t have to be a nightmare
Rather than seeing each other as competition, parents and coaches can work together to build a positive sports culture that benefits everyone on the team.
Is private instruction a good choice for your sport specialized child?
Some personal coaches are exceptional in every sense of the word, but some are toxic and untrained. Keeping the right perspective and setting realistic expectations are critical when choosing the right instruction. Follow these tips to find the person or group who will enhance — not destroy — your child’s love of a sport.
How to lead a positive coaching culture
Kids play sports to learn skills and have fun. It’s important for coaches and ADs to lead with a positive mindset because too many teams are permeated with negativity, driven by unhealthy attitudes toward competition and overrun with internal conflict. Your program’s and team’s culture is the expression of your shared values, attitudes, and goals.
Set yourself up for success with a preseason meeting plan
Preparing for the start of the fall sports season is exciting, hectic and demanding. It seems that no matter how well you plan, loose ends seem to occur every year. In addition to your administrative duties, welcoming your coaching staff and introducing hundreds of student athletes and their parents to your program is a major undertaking. Can we make this transition from summer break to the new school sports year, easier? We think so. Here’s how.
Help athletes combat overuse injuries
Overuse injuries are a growing concern with the increase in sports specialization. By encouraging sports sampling and meaningful periods of rest, parents and coaches can help keep our kids happy, healthy and in the game.
Tips for coaches on working with parents in the new season
In an environment where little league fields have to post signs reminding the adults (not the kids) to keep their behavior in check, what does a healthy parent-coach relationship look like? And more urgently, how do AD’s and coaches work best with parents to build them?
Early specialization in a single sport: Pros & Cons
Youth sports specialization is increasingly common as children compete for elite status at earlier and earlier ages. But does this single focus on one sport to the exclusion of others have the benefits parents and coaches assume? Research shows the opposite: a multi-sport approach before adolescence gives youth athletes substantial benefits in most situations.
Kick off the fall with a new way of thinking
By leading with a success mindset, your coaches can develop players with great attitudes and strong work ethics, better position their teams for a successful season and build a youth sports culture that is positive and focused throughout all seasons.
Coaches & ADs: Use summer to recharge and get ready for fall
inCourage offers three strategies you can use to regain your sanity after a busy year and set your coaches and players up for real growth and development for the start of the school year.