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My Take - From Chapter 6 (page 33) of, "Winning Without Winning."

The quality of behavior of individuals in both victory and defeat is what sportsmanship is all about.  In any sport, as in life, mistakes are inevitable.  To accept this is to understand that a person's value is not determined by his accomplishments on the playing field.  To the truly sportsmanlike individual, mistakes are learning experiences.  Properly handled, this message will be passed along to the children.

F-E-A-R  has two meanings:  "Forget Everything And Run" or "Face Everything And Rise."  The choice is yours.  -- Zig Ziglar

My Take - Those kids you're coaching need your encouragement to swing that bat, kick that ball, take the shot etc.  With positive encouragement the kids will rise.  Never be the reason they run.

"Luck never gives; it only lends." -- Swedish proverb

My Take - Practice prepares one.  When opportunity arrives the prepared are ready.  Some call it luck.  Some call it success.  Either way, "Practice Makes Perfect."

My Take - From Chapter 4 of, "Winning Without Winning."

"Unfortunately, few coaches come equipped with much more than the basic knowledge of the game they are coaching.  Many put too much emphasis on winning.  So, what should you be teaching the children?  Read on."   Its all in the book.

"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have." -- Ken S. Keys JR

My Take - Coach, focus on what the game has to offer the kids rather than increasing the number in the "W" column.

My Take - From Chapter 3, page 16 of, "Winning Without Winning."

"Within most games there are moments of triumph that will be remembered by someone forever.  Your coaching will create memories.  What kind of memories will your coaching create?"

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well." -- Sir William Osler

My Take - Practice makes perfect.

"It's easy to identify people who can't count to ten.  They're in front of you in the supermarket express lane." -- June Henderson

My Take - Chances are they witnessed this when they were kids.  Kids mimic what they see adults do and sometimes that carries on into adulthood.  When coaching kids you need to ensure they understand that the rules apply to everyone, as do the consequences.

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." -- Milton Berle

My Take - You'll wait a long time for that knock so why not just go and get it?  Teach the kids that rewards come to those who work hard for them.  The harder you work, the more opportunity presents itself.

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