How to Ask DEI Questions that Lead to Healthy Conversations

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How to Ask DEI Questions that Lead to Healthy Conversations

By TrueSport
Bringing up topics like race, gender, sexuality, religion, or class can be intimidating and uncomfortable as a coach. But in many cases, staying silent on those topics can alienate athletes on your team, and make them feel as though they aren’t being understood. These conversations can be difficult, but they’re critical.

Our Words Matter: How to Be an Ally in Sport

By TrueSport
Being an ally for your teammates doesn’t just mean posting on social media in support of a cause. It means standing up for them in tough situations, even when it’s uncomfortable. In sport and in school, this can be difficult. It can feel unpopular. But it’s the right thing to do.

Help Your Child Develop a Love for Sports (PDF)

By David Benzel
Although there are never any guarantees when it comes to our kid’s choices, there are some things you can do, to give your child the best chance of having a good sports experience.

Video: Raising Selfless Children

Selflessness doesn’t come easily in our society. It requires us to turn our attention away from our own needs, against the urging of our egos and desire for self gratification.

9 Ways to Model Good Sportsmanship from the Sidelines

Have you ever stifled the urge to shout at a parent, referee, or player during a big game? As a coach, you probably know that it’s important to be a good role model for your young athletes. But what does that look like when you’re on the sidelines at a big game and your stress levels are skyrocketing?

Why and How Parents Can Support Referees in Youth Sport

Have you ever wanted to yell at a referee during your young athlete’s big game? Maybe you thought the ref made a bad call or has been favoring the other team for the whole game. But as a parent, how you interact with the referee can make a big impact on your athlete.

Video: Growing Grit

What is GRIT? It’s more than sticking with something for a long time. It’s sticking with something in spite of all the adversity and obstacles that come along without giving up.

3 Signs that It’s Time to Pivot and Set New Goals

By TrueSport
As parents and as coaches, we often understand that there’s value in pursuing a goal, even when it seems unattainable. Every hero’s journey encounters some moment of adversity, some chance that they won’t reach their goal. And even losing out on a goal has value because it instills resilience.

6 Ways to Reduce Anxiety During Tough Transitions

By TrueSport
Young athletes face tough transitions on a regular basis. Whether it’s something big, like a move to a new school, or just the start of a season with a new coach, these transitions can be significant sources of anxiety. But you can help your young athlete navigate these challenging times.

Does Your Athlete Need to Grow the Gratitude Muscle?

By David Benzel
Attaching a child’s show of gratitude to their performance is risky business. So what should you expect in the way of gratefulness from your kids? And how exactly can you teach a child to be thankful for the opportunities and blessings that come their way?