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Developing champions in sports and life
Frank L. Smoll Ph.D., Ronald E. Smith Ph.D.
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.
“Bullying is not a form of conflict; it’s a form of victimization.” Dr. Gabriela M. Reed, pediatric psychologist, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Coaches and parents working together are a powerful combination for reducing sport-performance anxiety in young athletes.
Parents have an important obligation to contribute to their children’s well-being in sports. There’s no magic formula for doing this, but there are some key principles to follow.
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.