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We're getting into championship time for winter sports. Pretty soon the play-offs are going to start, a March kind of Madness both for colleges and high schools. And as we enter this critical time, sure as I'm sitting here pecking away at my little keyboard, coaches and athletes all over are going to make a predictable, yet costly mental mistake that will send their "A" game packing.

What's this big mistake? It's when you go into the bigger games and, in your mind, you have made them bigger than they are and much too important. You have put the emphasis on...

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I really want to make the team! I mean, I really, really want to make the team. I want to prove to the coach that I'm good enough. Heck, I think I'm good enough! When I think about tryouts, I get so excited but that excitement quickly turns into nervousness and those nasty "what if's." Like, "what if I don't?" "What if I get cut again?" "What if Billy/Sally makes the team and I don't?" You know, the more I think about this, the more nervous i get! I think that I'm good enough but...I don't know....

Here's some advice for your...

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So I had a bad game today. Yes, I missed 4 out of 5 of the three-pointers that I shot. You're right, I did double fault the first set away and that really put me in a hole to lose the match. Sure, I made two errors at short-stop and then struck out three times, the last with bases loaded and a chance to come back and win the game. So, does that make me a bad person? Does it make you love me less?

I have been so afraid of my back handspring on beam that I can't get myself to throw it. I know the coaches are angry and frustrated with me. They tell me everyday that I just don't want it...

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Sports ethicists, coaches voice concerns on prep routs

 

The game has been over for more than two weeks, but the score lives on.

The perfect awfulness of The Covenant School's 100-0 defeat of Dallas Academy got the losing team on national television, the winning coach...

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The following is from an email inquiry. Because I was unable to get my return response to go through, I decided to post the question and my answer here. I have tried to respect confidentiality here but made the assumption that an answer here was better than no answer at all:

My husband keeps humiliating my son when he plays sports during the actual games even though he may be the player making the most baskets, basically the star player. He will yell out stuff like "you might as well stay in the corner if you can't do better." Or should I speak in another language so you will...

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He should have been the starting keeper but the coach said he was too inconsistent. He was said to make bad decisions under pressure. He didn't play with enough confidence and was too tentative at times. The coach really didn't think that Colin was good enough to consistently start at the D-I level. Heck, their team wasn't even a high level D-I program. So the coach sent Colin to me to work on his head.

Colin felt like he should've been starting. He understood the coach's concerns. He knew he had lapses of confidence. He realized that there were times that he'd get between the posts...

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