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Kids Learn from our examples

I was recently reading this article in The Huffington Post. Unfortunately I cannot find the original article to give proper credit. But it made me think of how we can be better examples to the kids we coach. You may want to share this with all the parents on your team.  I also wrote about this in my other blog Vacilando.  Remember the 1987 PSA about kids and drugs? A father finds drug paraphernalia in his son's closet and questions him about where he found the drugs, how he even KNEW about … [Read More...]

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Concussions

Saw this in the Huffington Post the other day. Always a good reminder Shannon Babineau, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Director of Pediatric Headache Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital A new school year has begun. Playgrounds are full of children chasing, tumbling and climbing. Sports fields teem with young athletes practicing football, field hockey, and soccer. And, emergency rooms this fall will see thousands of pediatric … [Read More...]

Leadership

Lately I have been writing a lot of leadership and that has created many questions. As an educator I feel obligated to find answers to these questions. Here was my response to a friend and colleague who was looking for ways to motivate staff. What makes a leader great? Ask most people and they'll say "intelligence" for starters. Vision, drive, people skills, being able to communicate well, blah, blah, blah. Those are the crap answers you'll get from all the Ivy League wimps who orate from … [Read More...]

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Leadership

The other day I posted about being a good leader and a good example. I found this great photo the other day. There is probably no better goal in life. I recently taught a course on MOTIVATION for the Icelandic Gymnastics Federation. In general I do not believe in overt external motivation. These are children, not dogs. As much as sometimes I would like to, I am not going to hit their nose with a rolled up newspaper because they didn't keep their legs straight. NOR am I going to offer … [Read More...]

The Real Rewards of Coaching Gymnastics

Real Rewards of Coaching As a young coach I knew there was more out there but I was not 100% sure what it was. It was the human element, the emotional intelligence piece, appreciating people and what they offer beyond their athletic skills. I must admit I took that for granted. I was into training, the X’s and O’s of coaching. I read and re-read books by Bill Sands and Gerry George. I read every article in Technique and every article printed by USECA. I was focused on designing better workouts … [Read More...]