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Tips For A Great Coach/Parent Relationship

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Research is clear that when parents and teachers work together a child tends to do better in school. pcafreetipsThere is no reason to think that it is any different in youth sports. The following are some guidelines for how parents can contribute to a Coach/Parent Partnership that can help the athlete have the best possible experience.

1. Recognize the Commitment the Coach Has Made: For whatever reason, you have chosen not to help coach the team. The coach has made a commitment that involves many, many hours of preparation beyond the hours spent at practices and games. Recognize his commitment and the fact that he is not doing it because of the pay! Try to remember this whenever something goes awry during the season.

2. Make Early, Positive Contact with the Coach: As soon as you know who your child"s coach is going to be, contact her to introduce yourself and let her know you want to help your child have the best experience she can have this season. To the extent that you can do so, ask if there is any way you can help. By getting to know the coach early and establishing a positive relationship, it will be much easier to talk with her later if a problem arises.

3. Fill the Coach's Emotional Tank: When the coach is doing something you like, let him know about it. Coaching is a difficult job and most coaches only hear from parents when they want to complain about something. This will help fill the coach"s emotional tank and contribute to his doing a better job. It also makes it easier to raise problems later when you have shown support for the good things he is doing. And just about every coach does a lot of things well. Take the time to look for them.

4. Don't Put the Player in the Middle: Imagine a situation around the dinner table, in which a child"s parents complain in front of her about how poorly her math teacher is teaching fractions. How would this impact this student"s motivation to work hard to learn fractions? How would it affect her love of mathematics? While this may seem farfetched, when we move away from school to youth sports, it is all too common for parents to share their disapproval of a coach with their children. This puts a young athlete in a bind. Divided loyalties do not make it easy for a child to do her best. Conversely, when parents support a coach, it is that much easier for the child to put her wholehearted effort into learning to play well. If you think your child"s coach is not handling a situation well, do not tell that to the player. Rather, seek a meeting with the coach in which you can talk with her about it.

5. Don't Give Instructions During a Game or Practice: You are not one of the coaches, so do not give your child instructions about how to play. It can be very confusing for a child to hear someone other than the coach yelling out instructions during a game. As in #4 above, if you have an idea for a tactic, go to the coach and offer it to him. Then let him decide whether he is going to use it or not. If he decides not to use it, let it be. Getting to decide those things is one of the privileges he has earned by making the commitment to coach.

6. Fill Your Child's Emotional Tank: Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to be there for your child. Competitive sports are stressful to players and the last thing they need is a critic at home. Be a cheerleader for your child. Focus on the positive things she is doing and leave the correcting of mistakes to the coach. Let her know you support her without reservation regardless of how well she plays.

7. Fill the Emotional Tanks of the Entire Team: Cheer for all of the players on the team. Tell each of them when you see them doing something well.

8. Encourage Other Parents to Honor the Game: Don"t show disrespect for the other team or the officials. But more than that, encourage other parents to also Honor the Game. If a parent of a player on your team begins to berate the official, gently say to them, "Hey, that"s not Honoring the Game. That"s not the way we do things here."


Kids Play 36-hour, 101 inning game

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Associated Press: It took 101 innings, there were 687 runs scored, and 817 children participated.ballfield

The players of the Wrentham Youth Baseball/Softball Association between the ages of 5 and 15 played 36 straight hours of ball over the weekend, raising an estimated $75,000 for charity.

The event, billed by organizers as the world's longest baseball game, began at 8:01 a.m. Saturday and ended at 8:01 p.m. Sunday.

Coordinator Jim Lucas says the post-game handshake took about 10 minutes.

The money, which was still being counted Monday morning, will go to a number of charities, including Curt's Pitch for ALS and the March of Dimes.

The top fund raisers get to attend a lunch with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The final score was Away 348, Home 339.

Vanguard University Hires Coach Corral!

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Coach Ruben Corral has been hired to helm the pitching duties at Vanguard University this week.

Vanguard University is an NAIA Christian University that plays in one the most dominant NAIA conferences in the country as the Golden State Athletic Conference sent two teams to the NAIA World Series this year.  For more on the NAIA visit

This upcoming season will prove to be an interesting one as Coach Corral inherits a 6.98 ERA from last year's staff.  

"Challenges are fun.  Either you rise to meet them and compete, or you don't.  We're going to be learning the art of pitching, the art of getting hitters out and learning how to become professional glove hitters.  Baseball is my life, and it's going to be a great time sharing my knowledge with these young men."


Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Are They A Risk To Your Health?

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Are you hoping to gain a competitive edge by taking muscle-building supplements or other performance-enhancing drugs? Learn how these drugs work and how they can affect your health.
By Mayo Clinic staff

Most serious athletes will tell you that the competitive drive to win can be fierce. Besides the satisfaction of personal accomplishment, athletes often pursue dreams of a medal for their country, a college scholarship or a place on a professional team. In such an environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has become increasingly common.

For some athletes, winning at all costs includes taking performance-enhancing drugs. Some may appear to achieve physical gains from such drugs, but at what cost? The long-term effects of performance-enhancing drugs haven't been rigorously studied. And short-term benefits are tempered by many risks.

Take the time to learn about the benefits, risks and many unknowns regarding so-called performance-enhancing drugs. You may decide that the benefits aren't worth the risks.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids

What are they?

Some athletes take a form of steroids — known as anabolic-androgenic steroids — to increase their muscle mass and strength. The main anabolic-androgenic steroid hormone produced by your body is testosterone.

Testosterone has two main effects on your body:

    * Anabolic effects promote muscle building.
    * Androgenic effects are responsible for male traits, such as facial hair and a deeper voice.

Some athletes take straight testosterone to boost their performance. Frequently, the anabolic-androgenic steroids that athletes use are synthetic modifications of testosterone. These hormones have approved medical uses, though improving athletic performance is not one of them. They can be taken as pills, injections or topical treatments. Common anabolic-androgenic steroids include:


How To Deal With Losing

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I recently answered a post regarding a parent whose son is struggling with being a very good player on a not-so-very-good team.  Its a problem that all parents have to go through sooner or later...dealing with the pain of losing...

"I'm just wondering if playing on bad teams sucks the life and love out of a player. I personally never wanted to sit and would even play hurt if need be. I played on some very bad teams and some championship teams. Are today's kids different and will not mind riding the pine instead of losing? I guess I just cannot understand the willingness to sit."

With so many competitive travel ball teams (and LL) here in SoCal, I see this situation daily.  One of my best 12yr old players is playing LL and though he is the best player on the team, the team is challenged with lesser-performing players and losing has become a hard pill to swallow for him.  He is not happy, he loves playing the game and for a 12yr old player, he really "gets the game".  However, he is not having the best of times truly because the team is not competitive enough.  There are other kids whose parents have completely pulled their kids out of LL for this reason.

Last Updated ( Friday, April 10 2009 09:28 )