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Making the youth hockey team can be on the most difficult challenges that youth athletes can face – both physically and emotionally. And making the team can be hard, no matter how talented or driven the athlete -- as the well-documented tale of basketball icon Michael Jordan not making his high school team as an underclassman illustrates.
So this preseason, as tryouts get underway, how about taking a Responsible Sports approach to tryouts? How can Responsible Sport Parents and Responsible Coaches help kids manage this process and stay positive?
It’s important to remember the positives in the tryout experience – and that these positives exist whether or not your young athlete makes the final cut. Tryouts are one of the many experiences in youth sports that prepare us for similar situations in our adult life, such as college applications, job interviews and more.
“Disappointment is a great opportunity to reinforce positive character traits like determination and resilience,” said Jim Thompson, Founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). The experts at PCA have a few good tips for you and your youth athletes as the tryout process unfolds this preseason:
As you and your athletes prepare for tryouts this season, consider taking a Responsible Sports approach to ensure that, regardless of the outcome, our kids gain valuable life lessons.
Good luck this season from your friends at Liberty Mutual Insurance and our Responsible Sports team.
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