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Jun 14, 2022

Recruiters and college coaches look for a number of mental game skills when they're evaluating athletes, says David Kmiecik, senior recruiting manager for Next College Student Athlete (NCSA). He describes how recruiters identify these traits and answers the question: How can athletes (and their parents) look their best...


May 31, 2022

Perfectionist sports kids are among the people most likely to seek help from Audrey Grunst, LCSW, a mental performance coach, owner of Simple Bee Counseling and former mental performance coach for the Northwestern University women's volleyball team. 

How do help perfectionists? Start by telling them you love them, no...


May 17, 2022

Teams can keep score, even when players are young, and the players will still have fun and learn physical and mental game skills.

That's the message from former Walt Disney Studios executive Sasha Graham, a sports mom, former youth sports coach and author of "Whitney Wins Everything." They're more likely to be good...


May 4, 2022

Baseball can be a "self-esteem destroying sport" for kids because mistakes are a big part of th game, says Josh Thole, former catcher for the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

But parents can help ensure the sport doesn't hurt their kids' self-esteem, he says.  First of all, they shouldn't focus on mistakes, but...


Apr 19, 2022

Pickleball is growing quickly as a youth sport, with many schools offering it for the first time.

The sport is easy to learn, doesn't require much equipment and is accessible to kids of all income levels. It offers the opportunity to build confidence and make new friends.