Some of the most powerful words, images and memories in life are related to sports. Sports can prompt normally reserved introverts to behave as raving fanatics and can cause the biggest and bravest among us to shed a tear in moments of triumph or sorrow. Our nation’s emphasis on sports and exercise continues to grow: kids get hyper-focused on mastering a single sport at an early age, college athletes face the many anxieties and pressures to perform their best at every contest, club and competitive youth programs grow all over the country hiring coaches who are ill-equipped to bring out the best in your kids.
These things have consequences, and unfortunately, the ones who feel the most negative consequences are the athletes.
Our approach to athletic leadership takes many forms.