1. Learn some tips on how Professional Athletes Support Their Kids In Sports, which is to listen to the kid as much as possible, not to force the child into a sport just because you played it.

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  2. Best timing to get recruited for Division 1 Schools


    "Yesterday would have been better than today, but today is better than tomorrow",as far as when you should get started. It is kind of a catch-22, because a lot of times the recruiting process, especially in sports like football and men's basketball, it is pushed off so early.

    Coaches are looking at kids, honestly, at sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, in these sports, especially at the highest levels.

    So the catch-22 is, by the time an athlete is physically, mentally, emotionally ready to start thinking about getting recruited for college, it's too late for them.

    A lot of kids they are going through their life as a young adult and they've got a lot going on. By the time they get to the beginning of their senior year, they start to seriously think about playing in college.

    It would be great if college coaches would just wait until everyone was a senior and then evaluated them equally and then recruit the ones that are good.

    The problem is the coaches are competing against one another. It's competitive and they are trying to get an advantage and they are trying to reach the kid earlier and earlier.

    It's becoming such a problem in the last ten years that the NCAA is currently working on some legislation to try to prevent this early recruiting from happening. There are a couple of things they have done to try to curb this, but it is still a big problem.

    The problem is that the recruiting evaluation is happening during seventh and eighth grade and because of that it is in your best interest to get started as early as possible.

    Now, I would be lying to you if I said you had to do something in eighth grade or you're not going to get recruited.

    But I do think that if you do get started around eighth or ninth grade, it is not essential to get recruited, but the great thing about it is it gives you a year or two to understand the process to learn to adapt to it. You only get to go through this thing one time.

    If you go through it the right way, it can be an awesome and fun process. If you wait too late, it can be rushed and stressful. If you make a mistake here in this recruiting process, it prevents you from playing college sports and you'll never play college sports again.

    There are not many 45 year olds out there playing college sports. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will get that education that comes with it of course is important.

    Sometimes sports help kids get that education.

    The point is that it is a really important thing that you want to get it right, so we always encourage athletes to start early. They learn and they can understand how the process works, so that when the really important time comes, they are ready.

    Now the second part of your question was is it too late for D1 recruiting?

    That is what I would probably tell some kids that there comes a time when most of the Division 1 spots are full. Kids that go on to actually play Division 1 sports hear from college coaches at least by their sophomore year. They are going on visits and getting serious attention from colleges during their junior year.

    Sometimes it is one of those things that people ask us, how do you know if you are a D1 prospect?

    Well it is kind of one of those if you have to ask, then you aren't. You would know. I don't know what the kindest definition of pornography is, I don't know how to explain it, but I know it when I see it. It is kind of the same thing with a Division 1 athlete.

    I don't know how to explain the benchmarks and what the parameters are, but coaches know them when they see them and they recruit them early.

    There is always times when a kidgrows six inches during his senior year and he becomes a Division 1 prospect. Sure that happens, but for the most part, if you are not seriously recruited in your junior year by Division 1 schools, it is pretty rare that you would eventually go on to be a Division 1 athlete.

    Is it ever too late though? No. There are seniors out there that they want to play or their parents want them to play.

    Are there Division 1 full rides out there for them? Probably not, but are there opportunities to play at college still?

    If you really want to go after that dream, it's not too late. You might not have as many choices and as many options and may not be able to be as picky, but until school starts until you are enrolled into a college, it's not too late.

    There is always something that you can do to help yourself.

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  3. Tips On How To Handle Mistakes Coaching Youth Baseball Part1 sportsmentaltoughness.com

    This is first of the coaching tips series for youth baseball coaches and youth sports parents featuring Dan Clemens, a youth coach veteran and the author of the book, A Perfect Season: A Coach's Journey to Learning.

    In this video, Coach Dan will be sharing Tips On How To Handle Mistakes Coaching Youth Baseball Players.

    Try to separate the player and his or her ability from the mistake they made. It is important to separate the event from the person or the behavior from the person. So, "let's talk about that ground ball. You really butchered that one out there. What happened? What was going through your mind? Do you remember what exactly you did out there?"

    Get them talking a little bit about it. I think sometimes just getting it out really helps them, because then it is okay to talk about it.

    I think also setting the environment on the team that everybody is going to make mistakes and we need to be able to learn from them. That is the big piece of getting better.

    I always tell my team at one of the first practices that everybody is going to make a mistake at some point during the season, including me. That opens the door and they are pretty good at pointing out when I make the mistakes then.

    It is actually helpful, because then we try to laugh about it and they realize it is not the end of the world when a mistake is made. It is not easy. You have to put your ego aside.

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  4. Failure in Sports Leads to Success

    This is Part 1 of the series interview with Raven Magwood, a teenage author, motivational speaker and a TV show host who wrote the books, "On to Victory; the Winning Edge", "Double Sided" and "The Seven Practices of Exceptional Student Athletes".

    In this video, Raven will help us understand how failure in sports can lead to success through the use of these practices indicated in her book "The Seven Practices of Exceptional Student Athletes".

    The first of the seven practices of exceptional student athletes is what I call "visualize the end goal". Set goals and own it.

    You have to know where you want to go, if you are going to get there. I tell people all the time to visualize, what is it that you want out of life? Then you can start working towards achieving what you want.

    The second practice is called "bring the house down". Work hard in everything. Whether it is at practice or competition or just in life, you have to give that effort.

    I can guarantee you there are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

    You have to work hard and you have to go above and beyond. That is the second one, bring the house down.

    The third one is to recognize your true strength. That is your mental strength. Your body cannot do anything unless your mind tells it to.

    You cannot give up unless your mind tells you to. You can say, "I am going to get down and do 25 push-ups," but what happens?

    You do 25 push-ups. What if your mind told you to do 50? You would have done 50. I tell kids that all the time. Set the bar high and understand that your mind is a powerful thing.

    Be positive with yourself and how you are going to show up physically.

    The fourth practice is to use a time out. This means to prioritize. Set your schedule. Use your time management skills, because you can't do everything at one time.

    You have to learn to prioritize. What is the most important thing for me to do right now?

    Then you do it. Time out also means to take that time to relax and take care of you.

    A lot of times a student athlete, even parents, will run and run to do this and do that. We do not take the time to unwind and relax.

    We don't take that time to renew ourselves spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, and I do touch on that in the book as well.

    Take that time out to prioritize, use time management skills, and also take care of you.

    The fifth practice is called "cut your losses." Cut your losses I mean remove yourself from negative people and negative situations.

    You are not going to achieve success if you keep hanging around the same group of friends that tell you that you are not going to achieve success.

    You need to surround yourself with people who are going to uplift you and tell you that you can do it.

    When times get hard, they keep you in a positive mentality and they help you achieve the next level. You have to cut your losses.

    People don't realize that other people are like infectious diseases. If they are negative, we are going to start to be negative.

    If we are around positive people, we are going to be positive. I think it is a very important practice to cut your losses.

    The sixth practice is to go back to square one. This means when you make a mistake, you learn from it and you start right back up.

    We make mistakes all the time, but that is what allows us to become the people that we are supposed to be. We cannot give up. We have to keep moving forward.

    With not giving up, it brings us to the seventh practice called "never throw in the towel." Of course, that means don't give up no matter what.

    I look at outlines of stories of athletes and other people who did not give up no matter what.

    One of my favorite quotes is by Michael Jordon and he said, "In my career I missed over 9,000 shots. I lost over 300 games. 26 times I was entrusted to take the game winning shot and I missed.

    I failed over and over and over again. That is why I succeeded." I tell kids all the time you will have setbacks. You will have failures.

    Things will happen that you do not want to happen in your life, but you cannot give up.

    Finally, use your loss and look at what you did wrong, how you can do better, and take that into the next competition.

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  5. Crazy sport parents mentaltoughnesstrainer.com/youth-sports-parents/

    All right parents, are you ready to hear a REAL parenting horror story?

    I know we have all watched parents, who are over the top crazy for their kids in sports, but the story of NFL football player, Todd Marinovich and his Dad, Marv takes the cake.

    Marv Marinovich starting from day 1 completely managed everything about his son, Todd's life so that he would eventually become an NFL star. Something he was never able to accomplish!

    After harming his own NFL lineman career, by overtraining and focusing too much on weight and bulk, Marv opened his own athletic research center.

    He later applied the techniques he developed to his own young son, introducing him to athletic training before Todd could even get out of his own crib and strenuously continuing it throughout his childhood and adolescence.

    After Todd won "High School Player of the Year" award in 1988, Sports Illustrated did an article entitled: "Bred to be a Superstar".

    Listen to some of what was in the article:

    "He has never eaten a Big Mac or an Oreo or a Ding Dong. When he went to birthday parties as a kid, he would take his own cake and ice cream to avoid sugar and refined white flour. He ate only unprocessed dairy products and even teethed on frozen kidneys.

    When Todd was one month old, Marv was already working on his son's physical conditioning. He stretched his hamstrings. Pushups were next.

    Marv invented a game in which Todd would try to lift a medicine ball onto a kitchen counter. Marv also put him on a balance beam. Both activities grew easier when Todd learned to walk. There was a football in Todd's crib from day one. "

    Long after Todd's professional career had ended, an ESPN columnist still named the elder Marinovich Marv, one of history's "worst sports fathers."

    What eventually happened, was Todd got into drugs while in high school. His drug problem got worse, once he went to college and later while playing in the pros.

    Unfortunately drugs are what ultimately ended his career. Today he is still in recovery and I really wish him the best.

    Now that, of course, is an extreme example of a parent living out their sports dreams through their child and a perfect example of how it can go really wrong.

    Most parents of course never go to such extremes BUT, it can be just as damaging when parents act pushy even in very subtle ways.

    I can't tell you how many times I've worked with young athletes to help them clear up the pent-up hurt and shame they have from trying to live up to their parent's expectations.

    I want you to check in with yourself as a sports parent here for a minute and ask yourself these questions:

    1. Do you tell your kid what he did wrong and what he needs to do better in the car on the way home from the game? In the future, this is the worst time to do that.

    2. Does your body language show your disappointment when you watch your child perform sub-par? Kids pick up on this big time.

    3. Do you ever hear yourself yelling at the officials? Kids cite this as the number one most embarrassing thing that can happen to them.

    4. Do you force your child to participate in a sport when they really don't want to? You need to ask yourself with all honesty why you are pushing this and is it worth it to your child's confidence and self worth to play just for you. What toll does this take on your family?

    If you've answered yes to any of these questions, I've got a free ebook you might get a lot out of reading called The 10 Commandments for a Great Sports Parent

    Go to teenmentaltoughness.com to get your free copy.

    This could be one of the most important things you read as a parent to quickly learn techniques and tools to boost your child's confidence and to keep your communication and love flowing.

    I get so much pleasure out of seeing kids playing for the love of their sport. I applaud those of you parents who lay the groundwork to make this happen.

    Share some of you crazy sport parent stories in the comments below...

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