Muchos padres han estado enviándome sus preguntas pidiendo ayuda para hacer lo correcto, no solo para sus hijos, sino para todos los niños del equipo. Una de las preguntas más populares por parte de los padres es: ¿Cómo hablas con el entrenador sobre el tiempo de juego?
”Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
-Gen. Colin Powell
I believe the opposite of this statement is also true,...perpetual pessimism is a force multiplier toward negative results. I believe the strongest ally of pessimism is “complaining,” and I can’t believe how quickly this creeps into our minds...regardless of how good we have it.
I spend so much time telling parents to control their high expectations for their young athletes, but I never want to forget how special it is when our kids work hard to achieve their goals. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I can’t properly describe how proud I was, while watching my oldest in a Big League uniform, taking another step toward his dream of playing at the highest level. A very special day for Tate, as well as our whole family, and a classy move by the Red Sox.
Many parents have been sending in their questions, asking for some help to do the right thing, not just for their kids, but for all the kids on the team. Here is a popular question from parents: How do you talk to the coach about playing time?
The first full squad spring workout is one of the greatest days of the season. The excitement is high and everyone is ready to show off their new skills and what they have been working on. Optimism is at an all time high, and the guys are stoked about what they have learned about themselves in the off-season. The group this year seems to be as focused and intense as any I can remember. The past two off-seasons have been longer than we would like, and the edge the guys are walking in with says..."Things are going to be different this year.”
Thanks for the questions that keep coming in, regarding topics from the book and youth sports in general. I will try to address them and give my opinions. Once again, these are just MY opinions. I don’t claim to be the expert on the topic of youth sports, but I do believe many people are looking for something different than they are currently experiencing, so for you...here you go.
Great Super Bowl. Courageous performance and leadership by the Eagles. But, as a Brady fan and an admirer of sustained greatness, it was a tough loss for the Pats. I cant stop thinking about how hard it is to keep coming back each season and being at the top. So few teams and so few athletes can do it. What a great learning experience to watch New England display the kind of team character that has built a dynasty. Congrats to both teams.
Part of my job is being in front of the camera and microphones, way more than any one person should be. With that, there is an ever increasing likelihood of saying something wrong, or having something interpreted incorrectly, or offending someone. I try to keep this in mind, as I approach the mic everyday, but inevitably I will fail, like most.