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A grab bag of stories and articles that are of interest to parents and athletes.

Six Ways Swim Parents can Encourage Great Swimmer-Coach Relationships

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam 01/19/2018, 12:00pm CST

Open communication between your child and their coach is fundamental in building a better relationship.

Turf Tension

By Matthew Cox, Player's Health 01/19/2018, 12:00pm CST

"Assurances of the safety of artificial turf
with crumb rubber are limited by the lack of adequate information on potential toxicity and
exposure"

Goalies Should Not Be Shut Out from Coaching

By Steve Carroll, Minnesota Hockey 01/18/2018, 12:00pm CST

Be good to your goalies, and chances are your goalies will be good to you and your team.

Swimming with Siblings: Rivalry vs. Camaraderie

By Joey Puglessi, SwimSwam 01/18/2018, 12:00pm CST

Swimming with siblings can foster a stronger relationship that will last a lifetime in and out of the pool. Not only is this constructive for siblings, but for everybody around them.

Seven Minutes with Arizona State's Tanner Hall

By Andy Hamilton, Trackwrestling 01/17/2018, 12:00pm CST

This is the 48th installment of Seven Minutes. It's a series of interviews with college wrestling's top stars. Most of the question-and-answer sessions last roughly seven minutes. Hence the name. 

Pond Hockey with Pat Micheletti

By Todd Smith, Minnesota Hockey 01/17/2018, 12:00pm CST

In celebration of Minnesota’s pond hockey season, Minnesota Hockey spoke with University of Minnesota Gopher hockey legend Pat Micheletti about the culture of outdoor hockey. 

How to Stop Feeling Nervous Before Your Race

By Will Jonathan, SwimSwam 01/17/2018, 12:00pm CST

When you get onto the block, shut off your brain. Let your brain take control and let your training take over.

Three Strategies for Coaches to Increase the Impact of Training

By Richard (Lee Startegies) Harris, CoachUp Nation 01/17/2018, 12:00pm CST

There is no way to be with an athlete all the time, but that does not mean impact should be limited. 

Like the power of setting goals and the importance of teamwork, accountability is another important value coaches help youth athletes develop.

Teams that lack accountability rarely reach their potential and more often resemble a collection of individuals than an actual team. A group climate of unaccountability can be demotivating and provide little reason for athletes to put forth their best efforts or work cooperatively with one another.

Parents should be willing to be part of the solution

Parents are involved now more than ever. They attend practices, they coordinate their kids' schedules, they compete for spots on top teams and, in essence, act as their child's sports agent in many cases.

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