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The Poisonous Culture of Youth Sports

The Poisonous Culture of Youth Sports

     Two articles came out this week that really go after the poisonous culture that has evolved in youth sports. The focus of both is how the youth sports have become controlled by adults and how this is causing The Race to Nowhere as coined by one of the authors, John O’Sullivan. The added pressures, [...]

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“There’s No Shaking Hands In Baseball”

“There’s No Shaking Hands In Baseball”

 OK, so maybe Tom Hanks’ character didn’t really say this in “League of Their Own”, but he would’ve been right if he had. The post game handshake. Symbolic of good sportsmanship and the understanding that it was only a game. Throughout youth sports, we teach our players that at the end of the game, we [...]

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Applying the 10/90 Rule to Coaching

Applying the 10/90 Rule to Coaching

  Many motivational speakers have made a few dollars promoting the concept of the 10/90 Rule. They want to empower their listeners to take control of their lives and not to feel that they are helpless with their future. They cite the 10/90 Rule which states basically that 10% of life are the events that [...]

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These coaches “Get IT”

These coaches “Get IT”

I was talking with a former student who now coaches on the West Coast about the use of video in the sport of lacrosse. He mentioned that the players out there in California loved watching the Kudda lacrosse games as they could see great HS lacrosse being played. He mentioned that many coaches out there [...]

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25 Ways to Encourage Your Players

25 Ways to Encourage Your Players

It’s early season and the players are working the rust out of their game. It’s real easy to criticize and focus on their mistakes early on but too much of it will erode their confidence. Players at the beginning of the season really need the positive encouragement more than at any other time. To help [...]

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Harmful Effects of Separating Youth Based on Current Talent

Harmful Effects of Separating Youth Based on Current Talent

     The common practice in youth sports of separating players based on ability has been the source of some debate. Players who are selected to play on the advanced team, the A team, are the ones that will get better coaching and more opportunities to advance their skills than the players who are on the [...]

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Pearls of Wisdom Part 1

Pearls of Wisdom Part 1

Kudda recently solicited comments from our coaches about their Pearls of Wisdom; those observations and truisms that coaches have experienced over the years. Here are the first 10 Pearls of Wisdom. 1) Referees are out to ruin your day… Deal with it! 2) Get your bench players into the game early. Don’t wait until late [...]

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Change the Role of the Bench Player

Change the Role of the Bench Player

After reading an article in CoachRB blog, I love this phrase for bench players. Instead of seeing themselves as “stepping in” to replace a starter, they should think of themselves as “Stepping UP” and improving the play on the court. http://coachrbbasketball.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-bench-by-kevin-eastman.html

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