Tag Archives: mistakes

Fear of failure: What if your child loses?

Failure sign

In contemporary sport, whether professional- or school-level, there is an overwhelming focus on winning results, the applauding heroes, ‘man-of-the-match’ performances, try-saving tackles, victory celebrations long into the night and, as the saying goes, “No one remembers who came second.” While this may be true for some instances, almost everyone remembers the person who missed an […]

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Dealing with your child’s perfectionism in the sports arena

Nadia Comaneci

Perfectionism is a personality trait characterized by striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high standards for performance, accompanied by tendencies towards overly critical evaluations of one’s behaviour (Flett & Hewitt, 2002). Do you have a son or daughter who is a perfectionist? We are all well aware of how this characteristic plays out at school […]

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An umpire’s story

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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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Winning or learning: Which is more important?

gymnastics

I was at a judo practice the other day when I observed the following parent-child interaction in the beginners’ class: Two judo athletes (approximately 10 years old) were simulating a particular grab and throw technique on each other during a practice. Sitting close by were two fathers. One was fairly quiet and I could not […]

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Are Dads equipped to coach youth cricket?

Cricket Action

Every Saturday morning during the cricket season an army of volunteers go out to do duty in running junior (and even senior) club cricket. Without them, many teams and even clubs could not function. However, not all of these “helpers” are helping. Many are failing the players, teams and clubs that they represent due to […]

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