Can Youth Sports be Both Fun and Competitive? Answer = YES!

 BUZZARDBALL'S Winter League promotes a positive environment for Boys and Girls in Grades K-8 in the Greater Sacramento Area.

BUZZARDBALL'S Winter League promotes a positive environment for Boys and Girls in Grades K-8 in the Greater Sacramento Area.

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I couldn't be more excited to share this article that arrived in my e-mail earlier this week. John O'Sullivan and the Changing the Game Project offers many articles surrounding Youth Sports. But this is the one article I have been looking for because it speaks to the BIG PICTURE that all of us should be focusing on regarding our kids and sports. 

Let's face it ... as adults, some of us are ruining the Youth Sports experience for our kids. In Buzzardball, I have always promoted that the source (Summer Camp | Winter League) is only a vehicle for the LIFE SKILLS we are teaching our children. The Summer Camp has never been a problem because the eight weeks during the summer are run by myself. Admittedly, I don't have to rely on that many people (my assistant coaches are young men and women who have been a part of the Buzzardball Experience). I have a little more of a challenge when it comes to the Winter League because the experience each kid receives is now dictated by their coach. 

The coaches in Buzzardball will tell you that I am constantly promoting the responsibility of a coach to their team. They are everything when you think about it. They are the sole reason your son or daughter will decide to come back or not. And a BIG reason they come back? If you said winning the championship or having a talented team ... WRONG! They come back because they had FUN and whether it's a winning or losing season, the pulse of the season is in the hands of the coach. 

I could go on and on about this subject. I want you to judge for yourself. Read the article. There are some great takeaways. It will be the cornerstone for Buzzardball moving forward because it simply is a great article for ALL coaches to refer to when getting ready to start a season.

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • FUN AND COMPETITIONS ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE; YOUTH SPORTS SHOULD BE BOTH!
  • HOW ADULTS DEFINE FUN IS NOT HOW CHILDREN DEFINE FUN
  • FUN IS THE MAIN REASON CHILDREN PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS
  • LACK OF FUN IS THE NUMBER ONE REASON CHILDREN QUIT SPORTS AT AN EARLY AGE
  • COACHES NEED TO PROMOTE A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE
  • COACHES NEED TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO MAKE MISTAKES
  • STOP YELLING AT PLAYERS FOR TECHNICAL ERRORS
  • STAY ON SCHEDULE -- HAVE A GAME PLAN FOR PRACTICES AND GAME DAYS
  • SPORTS ISN'T WORK

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