character development

What is most important to you?

To better assist youth athletes in their growth and development, it is beneficial to have insight into their viewpoint. As a part of the assessment preceding a training seminar, I survey the youths who will be attending with questions that help me understand their perspective. During my recent training in Katy, Texas with the Program 15 Baseball Development Program, I posed a question to a group of young men between the ages of 9-18. The athletes were asked, “What is…

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Parenting Character

Your athlete’s success or lack of achievement in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are… But having an athlete of strong character that is coachable, respectful, resilient, and tries his or her best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.  We must remember that sports are an introduction into so many things and it can be used as a springboard for life’s lessons.  Being a supportive parent on the sideline, not yelling at the officials, saying kind…

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Athletes – Would you follow you?

I posed this question to leaders and it can also be posed to young athletes: “Would you follow you?” To be a successful leader amongst your peers, you must first be a good teammate and dedicated player. You must also know how to follow to be able to successfully lead.  Leadership is a learned skill – it is the character traits guiding the leader’s behavior that defines that person’s ability to gain the respect of his or her followers.  Think of…

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