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Leadership in Action: In Focus - Positive Coaching - Youth Sports Hold a Lesson for Leaders by Roberta Vasko Kraus

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MISPLACED PRIORITIES

Today's young athletes are viewed as an inherent measurement of a coach's, school's, or athletic program's success. Schools, coaches, parents—and to some extent even the athletes—tend to value only what they can measure. For instance, what kinds of questions do you ask your child after a game you were unable to attend? Do you ask, “Did you have fun?” or, “What did you learn?” All too often parents' questions are more along the lines of, “Did you win?” or, “How did you do?” Such questions translate to, “How many points did you score?” “How many goals did you stop?” “Did you make all your free throws?” or, “How much playing time did you get?” In the eyes of many parents and coaches, competing purely for the love of the sport ...

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