I love the phrase, “Chillax!” My son, Jackson, first introduced it to me when I was resorting to some desperate attempt to bring order to our home by alphabetizing the food in the cupboard. This phrase bounced me out of my intensity. I think it might help our coaches sometimes. First, let me thank the men and women who volunteer their time and bring their passion and commitment to the fields and courts that our children come together on.
My husband, Dr. Steve, (people ask me if I call him Dr. Steve at dinner and I answer, “No, then I call him Your Highness.”) has participated in the coaching system for years and I see what a commitment it is and appreciate these coaches greatly. I also want to encourage all of them, including my husband, to recognize that they have a responsibility to the safety of these children. They can make a huge difference in the sustainability of the athletes in their tutelage. I actually value winning a lot and can appreciate the zealousness which some coaches approach the courts and fields. I also have the “mom ability” to redefine what winning means.
A winning coach teaches children the importance of team, of being decent to other players regardless of team. A winning coach teaches gentle firm discipline and bringing your best forward.
These children are growing habits now and are watching us all as leaders. Encourage them to listen to their bodies. Do varied warm-ups and strengthening. Make them listen to their young and developing bodies. They are scared to admit injuries and weaknesses for fear of being ridiculed, dismissed or worse (in their minds) -not allowed to play. At this stage of their athletic development, they NEED to learn to tape, stretch and strengthen. They need advice and guidance on creating sustainability and peak performance that comes from listening and respecting their bodies. Help them, coaches. Make winning not just about this short time, this little season, but about a long life of learning and respect that goes beyond the playing fields and into the fields of their future companies and families.
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