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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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THE ANTIDOTE

To prevent these potential negative effects, parents and coaches, especially when dealing with children under the age of fourteen, should deemphasize the importance of winning and instead encourage the improvement of effort (the only thing the athlete can control) and playing a variety of sports. In the long run the behaviors we give the most attention to are the most readily acquired and reinforced. Numerous studies have shown that coaches and parents who exhibit more positivity than negativity are more liked and respected by the athletes and that the athletes work harder and perform better under these circumstances.

In the long run the behaviors we give the most attention to are the most readily acquired and reinforced.

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