Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Developing champions in sports and life
Frank L. Smoll Ph.D., Ronald E. Smith Ph.D.
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 sport 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.
Should underachievement in the classroom keep kids from playing sports?
Getting the proper child-to-sport fit shouldn’t be a crap-shoot.
Parents beware! High levels of anxiety in sports can negatively affect kids’ enjoyment, performance, and physical well-being.
Special attention should be given to the support and protection of the female breast in vigorous sport activities.
Losing in sports can cause emotional turmoil.
Winning creates unique challenges for youth sport athletes and adults.
When sport spectators lose their temper and go berserk, it can turn a wonderful experience into a nightmare for everyone. Fortunately, there are some effective techniques for curbing sideline rage.
“If you make winning games a life or death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.” Dean Smith, Basketball Hall of Fame coach
How to use goal-setting principles that are guaranteed to work.
Would you be surprised to learn that a “winning is everything” philosophy isn’t supported by research?
Some knuckleheads can turn a fun event into a nightmare for everyone.
“It’s a disgrace what we’re doing in the United States and Canada. We’re asking little kids to compete to win. Why not ask them to compete to have fun?” Sparky Anderson, Baseball Hall of Fame manager
Coaches and parents deserve empirically supported training, rather than pseudo-education based on armchair psychology.
What are the secrets of effective goal setting?
By playing sports, kids get valuable lessons about achievement—training that carries over into their everyday lives.
Youth sports are not a free babysitting service! In fulfilling their child-rearing obligations, sport parents have some major challenges to conquer.
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.