Ask The Coach Guidance for those lost in sports

Oct. 16, 2000
Oct. 16, 2000

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Ask The Coach Guidance for those lost in sports

Edited by Albert Kim and Mark Mravic

Dear Coach: All my 11-year-old son wants to do is play video
games. How can I get him involved in sports?

This is an article from the Oct. 16, 2000 issue Original Layout

Dear Tied: Persuading your kid to trade a PlayStation for a
playground takes creativity. First, set firm time limits on his
couch-potato pursuits and encourage active recreation. Also,
don't feel compelled to funnel your child into competitive
sports, which often place a premium on success over
participation. Consider individual activities in which he'll find
it easier to realize personal goals. "Expose your child to a wide
variety of sports," says Joel Fish, director of the Center for
Sport Psychology in Philadelphia. "Try biking, rock climbing,
anything. Find something your child considers interesting and at
which he can achieve success. Any mode of exercise will do."

Dear Coach: I coach a peewee league (ages 6-9) football team, and
I have trouble getting the kids to listen to me. How can I get
their attention?

Dear Ignored: You're dealing with peewee-sized attention spans,
so avoid long speeches and repetitive tasks. "One of the cardinal
rules with young players is to keep your instructions simple and
short," says John Haubenstricker, head of Michigan State's
Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. "Children want to do,
not observe." So observe the law of perpetual motion: Keep your
team active by splitting it into small groups for minigames that
give each child ample playtime. If you've got a staff, let each
coach supervise a station dedicated to a particular
skill--passing, catching--and rotate players through quickly.