Competing with Character

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Boys Town Press, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 197 pages
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When asked why they participate in organized sports, young athletes rank giving everyone a chance to play and having fun far above winning. But even though forty million kids play youth sports each year, an estimated seventy percent of them quit age thirteen, and never play again! Why? Here's what they say: "It's not fun anymore," "The coach played favorites/was too negative," "There's too much pressure."

After 20 years of experience as a teacher and coach, Kevin Kush thinks it's time to create a youth sports environment where character, sportsmanship, and fun are once again priorities.

 

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Contents

Whats Happening to Youth Sports?
1
Its Only a Game
15
Ready Set Teach
29
Coaching for Character
41
Teach Kids Skills
46
Praise and Compliment
57
Correct Misbehavior
63
Be Organized
70
Emphasize Effort and Enjoyment over Winning
132
ProblemSolve Issues Your Child Has with Coaches
140
Playing with Character
147
Listen to Your Coaches
152
Follow Coaches Instructions
153
Accept Coaching
156
Get Along with Your Teammates
160
Have High Energy
165

Have High Energy
76
Model
81
Communicate with Parents
92
Understand the Big Picture
97
Parenting for Character
103
Have Your Child Be on Time with Proper Equipment
107
Support the Coaches
110
Voice Concerns Appropriately
115
Praise and Compliment Your Child Rather Than Criticize
121
Model Appropriate Behavior at Athletic Contests
125
Respect Your Opponents
169
Be Prepared for Practices and Games
173
Win with Cuss and Lose with Dignity
176
Handle Disappointment and Adversity Appropriately
181
Respect Facilities and Equipment
185
Game Time
188
Citizenship Through Sports Alliance CTSA 2005 Report Card
191
CTSA Report Card Areas of Review
192
Rules For Spectator Conduct
197
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Kevin Kush, M.A., an outstanding teacher, coach, and motivational speaker, has led the very successful Boys Town High School football program for troubled and at-risk youth since 1996. He has been honored as ABC "Person of the Week" and is also the author of Competing with Character and The 100-Yard Classroom. He and his wife, Lynne, have two sons.

Michael Sterba is a Senior Writer at Boys Town and is the co-author of several books for youth-care professionals, including Teaching Social Skills to Youth with Mental Health Disorders.

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