Laws of Learning with Coach John Wooden

Coach John Wooden and the Laws of Learning Even though they were called “The Laws of Learning” in his book, Wooden, they refer to the absolutely- necessary teaching methods for sport coaching and player development. Coach John Wooden - whom I quote often, as all sport coaches should, along with wanting to follow his coaching practices - wrote about the huge keys to coaching being explanation, demonstration, imitation, and repetition. He went on to add a few more, that being, repetition, repetition, repetition and repetition. Of course, he was being facetious repeating the necessity of repetition, but that gets to the heart-of-the- matter fo … [Read more...]

The Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Jack Perconte Stories are Crucial for Youth Ballplayers

Helping Youth Ballplayers Learn Sport Resiliency The next time your players, sons, and daughters roll their eyes with a Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle or one of your own stories, do not worry, as it is one of the best things you can do for them. It is cool to include my name with some of the all-time greats. I know funny, but there is a reason, as I just read one of the seemingly never-ending human behavior studies that seem to point out the obvious, and realized that one coaching strategy I employ is very useful. The study stated that to build resiliency in kids, telling them stories about resilient people, especially family members or close … [Read more...]

Youth Sports are not All About having Fun – Wouldn’t You Rather?

Youth Sports have Greater Purpose No matter what I write about in the area of coaching youth sports, most readers immediately comment, “But it’s all about kids having fun.” Internally, I respond, “No it’s not.” The moral of the story is that adults should not believe that the purpose of youth sports is only for having fun. Do not get me wrong, I believe having fun is very important in everything, especially in youth sports, as I wrote a two hundred-page sports book on helping adults keep the fun in youth sports. However, there is a big difference between keeping the fun in sport and with having fun as the essence of sport. I am all for paren … [Read more...]

Performance Enhancing Drugs and Ryan Braun

Performance Enhancing Drugs and Ryan Braun Situation This article was from a couple years back but it still seems pertinent today, in light of the latest Ryan Braun news, so here it is again. I am not one to talk bad about baseball. I absolutely love the game – all phases of it from the big leagues down to the youth baseball level. As you probably have noticed, I believe in positive parenting in sports and keeping the fun in baseball and write about them often. But, it certainly helps to have the right message being sent from up above, as we know the messages filter down to the youth sport level. Are there disturbing issues with every le … [Read more...]