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THE PERILS OF CRITICISM (PT. 2 OF 2)
Where did we learn that highlighting athletes' errors results in performance changes? Or, if it does sometimes, is it the best approach? Are we so naive that we believe athletes will thank us for our reasoned criticism and vow to be better next time? What little I know about the complexity of human motivation and behavior change suggests that athletes tend to be motivated more with positive reinforcement than by punishing
criticism... click for complete story
ASK FOR HELP
Editor's note: While this article doesn't expressly address obvious sports parenting issues, it could be of particular relevance to any soccer parent whose child is facing difficulties in school, in sports or in opening up to those who support him:It will be hard for you to reach your potential as a student-athlete if you feel you are alone against the world. You will have a much
greater advantage if you feel that you are together with the world... click for complete story
THE BENEFITS OF STRETCHING
Sports today have become very popular and competitive among people of all ages, even young children. A number of athletes want to learn how to bring their game to the next level. Sometimes this means breaking ineffective techniques as well as beginning new and unfamiliar habits. Sticking to something new can be difficult, especially when results may not be see
immediately...click for complete story
NCSA RECRUITING CORNER
The Importance of Grades in the Eyes of a College Coach: Here is a case of Player A vs. Player B: Player A and Player B just made the 2008-2009 ODP Winter Pools and both start on club teams that are extremely successful. Both players are left midfielders, around the same height and speed and have a similar style of play. Only Player A has a 3.5 GPA and Player B has a 2.7 GPA. Which player do you think a coach is going to
choose? click for complete story
LAWS OF THE GAME Q&A
The USSF's National Referee Program office receives a multitude of inquiries regarding FIFA's Laws of the Game and numerous questions involving soccer ephemera. Here is a quick sampling of recent topics and the resulting responses... click for complete story
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