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

Tryout Questions You Should Ask the Coach

By Ruth Nicholson 03/15/2018, 12:30pm CDT

Our best coaches know that players develop in physical, technical, tactical and mental ability

Ask prospective coaches to identify a good time to talk to you about your questions. Make your questions short and concise. Do more listening than talking. 

My Final College Swim, A Letter to Future College Swimmers

By Noah Yanchulis, SwimSwam 03/15/2018, 12:00pm CDT

It is difficult to know how great something is until it is gone, but once it leaves, it hits you hard. 

For the Role Players and Unsung Heroes

By James Gels, Coach's Clipboard 03/15/2018, 12:00pm CDT

The good role player realizes that his/her "time will come". This really takes a special person, because most of us want to be starters... it takes great maturity to be a good role player.

Five Questions Sports Parents Should Ask Themselves

By Alex Flanagan, I Love To Watch You Play 03/15/2018, 12:00pm CDT

"Going through adversity you learn a lot about yourself – figure out how to react and move in situations."

Understanding Talent

By T.J. Buchanan, US LaCrosse 03/15/2018, 12:00pm CDT

The key to helping each reach their full potential is understanding each athlete and developing them accordingly.

There is nothing wrong with any of these athlete’s personal goals, and we should all do everything we can to help the athlete achieve them.

Help Your Child Focus on Success

By Janis B Meredith, JBM Thinks 03/14/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Most of the time the problem is the voice in your child’s head, and if you see that it goes beyond that, you, your child, and the coach can have a talk.

Putting Anxiety on Ice: Emotional Control for Big Games

By Steve Mann, Minnesota Hockey 03/14/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Don’t allow a big tournament, game or shift get you too high or too low.

"Control what you can control."

Club Director Shares Three Alarming Trends in Today’s Athletes

By Sean Jensen, Junior Volleyball Association 03/14/2018, 12:00pm CDT

The athletes who reach the collegiate level have to ramp up their commitment to the sport, with more practice and conditioning time. So they have to be very disciplined to handle their school work and proactively manage their schedule.

How to Positively Make Player Cuts

By Positive Coaching Alliance 03/14/2018, 11:30am CDT

Coaches should recognize that if they handle the cut process openly, thoughtfully and respectfully, they will provide important life lessons

Being cut from the team is the most painful for the child, but we forget making the cut is also difficult for the coach.


Six Swim Parent Tips for the High School Season

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam 03/13/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Enjoy these few short weeks of competition. Your swimmer is making more memories you’ll treasure for years to come.

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