"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.  Tip toe if you must, but take the step." -- Naeem Callaway

My Take - Do what you have to Coach and coax those kids to reach for the stars.  Your encouragement could determine a path in their life.

 

"There is no elevator to success.  You have to take the stairs." -- Zig Zigler

My Take - Fashion your coaching so kids complete the first step before attempting the 2nd step.  Hard persistent work will accomplish more that any shortcut will.

 

"The problem is not the problem.  The problem is your attitude about the problem.  Do you understand?" -- Captain Jack Sparrow

My Take - The players are kids.  The coaches are adults.  Where issues are concerned, who should lead and who should follow?

 

"Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day." -- Alice Morse Earle

My Take - No matter the outcome, a coach with positive tendencies will find the good in every game and share with players.  Encourage the kids to find the good.  It's there.  Sometimes you just have to look for it.

 

 

 

 

"The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles." -- unknown

My Take - Help kids set attainable goals.  As their confidence grows, goals should become more difficult.  Never allow your coaching be the obstacle.

 

My Take – Children are mankind’s most precious and valuable asset.  They are the future.  Tomorrow’s leaders.  Every adult walking through a child’s life could affect that future.

I have always believed that adults are a product of their upbringing but also believe there comes a point when they have to take charge of their own life.

How they take charge may depend on the coping skills fostered while growing up.

Kids' sports offer so much that can help shape coping skills into positive ones.  Unfortunately there are some coaches that believe in “win at all costs” instruction and make no mistake about it, it does have an effect on growing kids that can last a lifetime.

This brings me to the reason “My Take” quotes appear daily.  It is my small way of making things better for kids.  I believe a single interaction with a coach could very well be the difference in whether or not they achieve their full potential in life.  I believe that because it happened to me.

We all wish the best for our children and I can not think of a better way than equipping them with a positive attitude.  A belief in themselves and a confidence that they will not be afraid to make a mistake, that any miscue in life is nothing more than a learning experience.  We owe that to our children.

Get involved.  Volunteer.  The kids need you and always be positive.

 

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -- Maya Angelou

My Take - Your coaching will have an impact on the kids forever.  Always keep in mind, you have the power to make that impact a positive one.

 

"Your value does not decrease just because someone else can't see what you're worth." -- Joe Duncan

My Take - Kids are priceless.  Be the coach that makes  'YOU'  priceless in their world.

 

"Not everything has to mean something.  Some things just are." -- Charles de Lint

My Take - The fee is the same for all kids so they all deserve fair playing time.  If you're coaching for the right reasons there is plenty they can learn from you.

 

"Sometimes, silence speaks louder than words." -- Cristiane Serruya

My Take - The older kids know when they erred.   An understanding look from the coach accomplishes far more than harsh words.  Never ridicule any kid for any error they made.

 

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