The Youth Sports Coach

Written by Ken Kaiserman

Coaching youth sports is a challenge. Most of our kids are really happy to have us step up torepparttar plate and coach and, despiterepparttar 147010 time we give up, most parents findrepparttar 147011 experience equally rewarding. However, there are some major things that every coach needs to do and understand before they startrepparttar 147012 season: 1) coach withrepparttar 147013 proper attitude; 2) coach withrepparttar 147014 proper fundamentals; and, 3) learn and teachrepparttar 147015 difference betweenrepparttar 147016 “Dad Hat” andrepparttar 147017 “Coach Hat”.

Coachingrepparttar 147018 Right Attitude

We all love our kids and, let’s face it; we also love playing sports with our kids. For me, it’srepparttar 147019 way that I spend most of my free time and it is right up there as one of my favorite things to do. That being said, I also need to realize that statistically, none ofrepparttar 147020 kids that I coach will ever play professional sports, nearly all of them will not play sports in college, and many of them will not even play varsity sports in high school. So, what does this mean for us as a coach? We need to emphasize allrepparttar 147021 other aspects of sports andrepparttar 147022 life lessons that make us love playingrepparttar 147023 game. Mostly, we need to makerepparttar 147024 experience fun!

In 1988, Robert Fulghum wroterepparttar 147025 book “All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten”. I’ve often told people that you can learn everything you need to know by playing sports – especially youth sports. Many ofrepparttar 147026 same lessons apply, but on an even bigger scale where kids learn success and failure, wining and losing, sportsmanship and teamwork, and how to respond in many pressure situations. None of these are easy lessons. Winning with grace is just as hard to teach as losing with dignity. How can you do this and make sure that everybody has a great season? That’srepparttar 147027 trick.

Every team you ever coach, especially teams with younger kids, will be split between kids that are talented and kids that are not. The goal that you have as a coach is to make sure that every one of those kids has a great experience and wants to play again next year. I takerepparttar 147028 most pride inrepparttar 147029 job I did as a coach whenrepparttar 147030 worst kid onrepparttar 147031 team lovesrepparttar 147032 sport and keeps playing year after year. The way that I do this is to emphasize things other than on field performance – I try to stress effort, trying your best and hustle.

There are several practical things that you can do to emphasize these “other” characteristics. In basketball, for example, instead of emphasizing and keeping stats for scoring, keep stats on hustle, picks set, good defense, rebounds, filling a lane, or just being inrepparttar 147033 right position. After every game, point out something positive that every kid did duringrepparttar 147034 game. Award a point for each time a kid does something you emphasize and give stars or sew on patches when points are accumulated. You’ll see that these kids will do anything to get a star on their uniform, even pay attention in practice!

Coachingrepparttar 147035 Right Fundamentals

Kids of any age can learn to do things properly. They may not haverepparttar 147036 motor skills developed yet, but they can at least try to do it right. One of my favorite misconceptions is that “practice makes perfect”. That’s totally wrong; practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes PERMANENT. What I try to teach is: “Perfect Practice Makes Permanently Perfect”. That’s a pretty big difference!

God of Billiards George Balabushka Cues

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The movie “The Color of Money”, when Paul Newman gave Tom Cruiserepparttar valuable cues (Its collection of George Balabshka), it arouses interest and concepts of billions of amateurs to start collectingrepparttar 146925 cues, and it started ask who is George Balabushka?

Actually inrepparttar 146926 early 1959, Geo Balabushka has benn making cues. The cues he made are as exquisite asrepparttar 146927 famous pianos made byrepparttar 146928 russian Strndivari. At that time, lots of fancy players (those days, a lot of profeesional players has emerged in America) has regarded his cues as a prized collection.

George Balabushka was born in Russia 1912, pass away in 1975 atrepparttar 146929 age of 63. He came to America at a young age of 12 and settled down in New York. His first job was in Manhattan, making wooden toys in school for teaching purposes. Thus giving himrepparttar 146930 opportunity to acquirerepparttar 146931 basic foundation and knowledge of characteristics of wood. Later in his life, he opened a company manufacturing wooden products, and because of this, his middle finger was cut off by an electrical saw. Not satisfied atrepparttar 146932 sight of losing a finger, George made himself a wooden finger, his craftmanship is so good that even his friends did not realized that he lost his finger.

George loves playing billiards when he was young, he used to take part in competitions, and because of his exposure, he came to know renowned contestants and billiard celebraties.

Besides taking care of his business, George also helps his friends to repair cues. Atrepparttar 146933 same time, Frank Paradise used his own name to brand himself, and George sees it as an opportunity. Byrepparttar 146934 end of 1959, George made some cues himself and gave it to his friends as christmas gift, he was also collecting data and feedback onrepparttar 146935 performance of his cues. Not long, George Balabushka started accepting orders with his thirty years experience in wood working business.

Between 1959 to 1962, George is churning out 20 to 30 cues every year, as George's character is a simple individual, it has also reflected in his cue designs, but George always emphasizes onrepparttar 146936 performance ofrepparttar 146937 cues. During competitions in America, contestants were always discussing and using Balabushka's cue, because ofrepparttar 146938 exposure, Balabushka cues were getting famous gradually, this led to more orders. The orders were coming in so fast, even some of them are willing to send George an authorised unwritten amount piece of check, just to own his cues.

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