"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." -- Elbert Hubbard

My Take - Learning is the fruit of mistakes.  Take that chance and make the mistake.  How will kids learn if no mistakes are made?


"I never learn anything talking.  I only learn things when I ask questions." -- Lou Holtz

My Take - Encourage kids to ask questions.  Be mindful how you answer.  Your response may have an impact on their future.


"Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything." -- Herb Gardner

My Take - At practices have time set aside for fun.  It's the fun that keeps them motivated and wanting to come back.  A laughing child is a happy child.


"If it weren't for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn't get done." -- Michael S. Traylor

My Take - Through your coaching make sure kids are ready for their next opportunity to perform, both physically and mentally.


"Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love." -- Thomas Szasz

My Take - Kids in sports will develop psyches that encompass all that and more when the coaching is positive.


"The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift." -- Pierre Corneille

My Take - Volunteers for kids' sports is your gift to society.  Conduct yourself so your gift is appreciated by all, especially the kids.  And thank you for volunteering.  You are needed.


"The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour." -- Japanese proverb.

My Take - Despite all the good lessons kids learn from coach, a single moment of anger could end up being what kids remember most.


"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." -- Gen. George Patton

My Take - Instill in kids that every step you climb or stumble on, is the starting point of your next step.  Success is only temporary.


"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

My Take - From the book page 49.  "It is important to set your children up for success.  Unrealistic or unattainable goals set the stage for failure.  Skill-based goals, individually tailored, can enhance self-esteem once achieved.  Be sure to recognize goals as they are met and to replace satisfied goals with new ones to continue the path to success."


"Without music life is a journey through a desert." -- Pat Conroy

My Take - When I hear children laughing and playing, there is no finer tune.


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