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Developing champions in sports and life
Frank L. Smoll Ph.D., Ronald E. Smith Ph.D.
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The emotional toll of sport injuries can be devastating. Parents and coaches can play important roles in helping young athletes to effectively cope.
“There is nothing mysterious about developing a good team, because coaching is nothing more than teaching.” —John McKay, College Football Hall of Fame coach
Parents who over-identify with their child’s performance can harm the young athlete.
Parents can be a potent source of athletic stress when they over-identify with their child’s performance.
When you're confronted by someone, you have the same objective as you do when you initiate a confrontation — to get the other person to examine their actions.
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“There is nothing more influential in a child’s life than the moral power of quiet example. Children must see adults take morality seriously.”
What’s the dangerous down-side of giving extrinsic rewards to young athletes?
The psychological effects of a pregame meal should not be minimized. How can coaches and parents exploit the impact of food and eating together?
The decision to quit playing a sport is a complicated one, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
In the pursuit of glory, some athletes resort to self-destructive methods that result in serious medical problems.
Some of the most difficult problems in youth sports involve the relationship between parents and coaches.
Dealing honestly with the time commitment issue.
Children of all races, ethnicities, cultures, and economic backgrounds are vulnerable to sexual abuse.
It’s as American as apple pie to boo and criticize judgments made by referees and umpires. But such behavior has no place in youth sports.
"It's a disgrace what we're doing. We're asking kids to compete to win. Why not ask them to compete to have fun?" Sparky Anderson, Baseball Hall of Fame manager
“In the end, it’s about teaching . . . Teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.” John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach
Bullying is a deplorable behavior that has no place in sports.
Today, more girls and young women are playing sports than ever before.
With the political blitz on “values,” where do sports fit in?
Sport stars usually get lots of attention from their parents. But all children and adolescents need parental attention, love, and support―regardless of their ability.
Implementation of a Performance Evaluation System combats the primary source of conflict between youth sport coaches and parents.
Removal from sports is a last resort that should occur only after reasonable efforts have been made to correct the problem.
Mental toughness can give kids a winning edge in sports and in other areas of life.
“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach
Being a sports superstar doesn’t automatically qualify a person to be a role model. What are the credentials for the job?
Youth sports are not a free babysitting service! To help youngsters get the most out of athletics, parents can make positive contributions by following some effective guidelines.
Frank Smoll, Ph.D., is a sport psychologist at the University of Washington. He specializes in the psychological effects of competition on children and youth.
Ronald Smith, Ph.D., is a University of Washington clinical sport psychologist who specializes in developing and evaluating interventions designed to improve the functioning of athletes.