Author Archives: Mary Ann Dove - Performance Coach

Let’s STOP Inappropriate Aggression in Youth Sport

Parents watching kids play sport

Over the past number of years we have witnessed an increasing level of aggression on our sports fields both locally and around the world and involving all stakeholders in the sports participation process. There is a wide variety of examples – a water polo player being punched in the face, deliberate fouling in the front […]

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Spectator Behaviour at Youth Sporting Events

Parents Lock out

There is an alarming increase in inappropriate parental behaviour at youth sporting events worldwide. Many of us have witnessed parents shouting, screaming and even swearing at their children, the referee/umpire and coaches during sports events. In some instances there has been physical abuse and in extreme cases weapons used. Is this what youth sport is […]

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Parental role in managing children’s sporting injuries

sports-injury

We all know that playing sport has a number of benefits for our children such as improved fitness levels, self-esteem, coordination and self-discipline; however it can also put them as risk of incurring sports injuries. These injuries range from minor scrapes and bruises to more traumatic injuries like a broken leg or overuse conditions such […]

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Victory for a working athlete – Claude Moshiywa

Claude Moshiywa

Claude Moshiywa (38) became the 1st South African male since 1992 to win the “Up” run (from Durban to Pietermaritzburg) of the iconic 90km Comrades Marathon yesterday. What made this run so extraordinary is that Claude in not a full time athlete unlike most of the leading runners who compete in events of this nature. […]

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Has school sport lost its way?

Winning - Sportmanship

Over the past couple of months a number of stories would lead one to believe that school sport has become more than just a game, but rather “win at all costs”. A girl’s primary school in Bloemfontein has introduced a parents’ code of ethics. Two of Durban’s biggest schools will not play first team sport […]

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Role of parents in positively encouraging their children

Positive Sport Parent

Following the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah Winfrey and the introduction of a Code of Conduct for Parents by a primary school in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Positive Sport Parent Founder, Mary Ann Dove, spoke with Kieno Kammies on 567 Cape Talk this morning. Click here 567 PSP Interview to hear what she had to say about the role […]

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Dear Dad…..The Game Isn’t Fun Anymore

Baseball 1

The anonymous letter below from a boy to his father, shows the mature attitude of some children when faced with the negative interference of parents and/or coaches in team sports. This interference sometimes causes a child to abandon an activity that otherwise might lead him or her away from a life of inactivity, drug abuse, […]

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The dark side of sport – What parents need to know.

drugs and money

During the past week, 3 news stories have highlighted that there is a dark side to sport. Each of these events has a profound message for parents and kids involved in sport. Sexual Harassment in Sport Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State football coach, was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex […]

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Drug testing at schools

Performance Enhancing Substances

New revelations in the Sunday Times of 1st April 2012 regarding an increasing incidence of smoking, alcohol and drugs in South African schools as well as the 2-year ban imposed on 2 school boy rugby players following positive tests for steroids has once again highlighted the need for a better understanding of drug and steroid […]

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Argus Cycle Race–Fun for the entire family

Cape Argus 2012

The Cape Argus Cycle Race, the world’s largest timed cycle race was completed, without a single fatality, for the 35th time on Sunday 11th March on a glorious, although very hot day in beautiful Cape Town. 42,000 people entered the race which provides a variety of opportunities for families to exercise together in a fun, […]

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An umpire’s story

Baseball 1

The story below pertains to a junior baseball umpire in the USA. Unfortunately though past experience has proven it could easily be attached to any sport. Hopefully the impression gained as a result of reading this TRUE AND TOUCHING story will assist all of us to not only keep junior sport in it’s proper perspective, […]

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To win requires mastery of skills

Roger Federer

Following on an earlier article, “Winning vs Learning: Which is more important” as well as the sentiments expressed in “Bigger playing fields”, this article tackles the importance of developing mastery of skills. The one thing we all seem to agree on is that the objective of sport is to win. What we don’t agree on […]

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My beautiful parents getting me to succeed

donne potgieter (2)

Donne Potgieter (30) is one of South Africa’s most successful female shotists and she attributes her success to the positive role that her parents and in particular her father played in her sporting life. Donne medalled at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in 1998, while still at school….shot in both CWG finals in 2002, won individual […]

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Sexual harassment in sport – An unfortunate reality

Coach Discussing Strategy

In the past few weeks there have been a number of reports of sexual harassment charges against sports coaches around the world. To mention just three: · A karate instructor accused of sexually abusing young girls appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in South Africa last week and was denied bail pending further investigation into […]

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Lessons for our kids from Bryce Lawrence

whistle

For the past week much of the sporting public’s attention has been on the poor reffing of Bryce Lawrence in the World Cup quarter final match last Sunday. There have been allegations ranging from bias to “match fixing”. As a professional referee in the game’s most prestigious tournament, there is certainly a case to be […]

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Long-Term Participant/Athlete Development (LTPD)

Pathway 2

As parents we recognise that sport and physical activity play an important role in the healthy physiological and psychological growth and development of our children. Unfortunately over the past number of years there has been a decline in physical activity in South Africa resulting in an increased risk for diseases such as diabetes and obesity […]

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Dangers of Doping

Performance Enhancing Substances

Another week, another story about the use of performance enhancing substances ranging from steroids to supplements and everything in between. The statistics are frightening. Here’s just a sample: * In a survey conducted at 18 of South Africa’s top schools, 21 out of 130 pupils (approximately 1 in 6) tested positive for a variety of […]

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Have your say – How should parents, coaches and players behave?

Code of Conduct

The relationship between parents, athletes/players and coaches is critical to the success of any sporting experience whether it is at a junior participation level or at the highest level of competition. We are often asked for advice on how to ensure that this relationship produces a positive experience for all stakeholders. We believe that communication […]

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Don’t get caught out by the law! Get educated.

Sports Law

Listen to what a personal injury lawyer has to say (Mary Ann Dove, from PSP in conversation with Tzvi Brivik, from Malcolm Lyons & Brivik Inc.) On 4th May 2011 in the Western Cape High Court a landmark judgement was handed down by Judge Burton Fourie when he determined that a high school rugby player […]

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How do you know if your son is taking anabolic steroids?

Performance Enhancing Substances

The newspapers are confirming what most of us already know: more and more adolescent schoolboys are taking powerful anabolic steroids. And they’re not only taking them to enhance their sports performance but also “to look good.” So as a parent, how would you spot if your son is taking these dangerous drugs? Steroid use can […]

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25 Practical Tips for Parents to Guide their Children’s Sporting Endeavours

Soccer on beach

As society has transformed over the past 30 years there have been significant paradigm shifts in physical activity and sport. On the one hand changing childhood behaviour patterns has resulted in decreasing physical activity levels whilst at the other end of the spectrum the increasing professionalism of sport has exacerbated the pressure placed on young […]

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At What Age Should My Child Specialise in a Specific Sport?

Young Baseball Player

Children need to develop as athletes before they become specialized as players. This can be achieved by teaching children the fundamental skills required as a foundation for more complex physical activities and sports. These basic skills form the basis of “physical literacy” – fundamental movement and fundamental sport skills which permit a child to move […]

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Illegal or Ignorant? How performance enhancing substances can damage a career

Performance Enhancing Substances

Within the space of a few days in November 2010, three leading South African sportsmen (two rugby players and a cricketer) tested positive for substances prohibited by the World Anti Doping Association (WADA). Was this doping to enhance performance, ignorance on the part of the players and/or their medical teams or contaminated products? Whatever the […]

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Welcome to Positive Sport Parent

Positive Sport Parent

Welcome to Positive Sport Parent. By being part of the PSP family, you will gain awareness, understanding, guidance, knowledge and education that will better equip you to encourage and inspire your children to achieve their full potential through positive sporting experiences. It will empower you to become more aware of all the factors at play […]

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