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1 Cheer on your Champ

It’s easy to get swept up in your young athlete’s sport. Develop your own cheering habits that make your child feel confident even in the highest-pressure moments.

-Coach Garner

Coach tip

  • With your Junior All-Star, develop a secret whistle or coded clapping pattern that offers an encouraging sign of support, without the distraction or pressure of coaching from the stands.
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2 Golden Goals

In the pre-season, pro teams like mine meet to map out our plan. Do the same with your young athlete, being sure to plan for and celebrate even the smallest successes.

 -Tyson

Coach tip!

  • Keep your growing All-Star on track with Tyson's Tracker below. Help them define practice goals (ie: daily reps from the "Focus on Fitness" section), their individual season goals (ie: starting a game) and their team season goals (ie: making the playoffs). Remember to mark down every accomplishment big and small so your athlete can check each one off when he accomplishes them.
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3 Shrugging it Off

We can learn as much from our losses as from our wins. The trick is to look at both objectively, take the lesson that’s offered and then move on.

-Coach Garner

Coach tip

  • A long season rarely passes without a single loss.

  • 1After a tough loss, ask your little athlete to consider what one or two moments she might have played differently.
  • 2Tell her to visualize making the new choice with you in great detail.
  • 3Ask her what she did well during the game and make sure to congratulate those successes.
  • 4Finally, explain that the lost game is in the past. It's over. Now it's time to get excited about the next game or workout.
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4 Practice like a Pro

We all want to sink the flashy shot, but routine free throws almost always make a bigger difference.

-Tyson

Coach tip!

  • It may seem boring, but everyday practice of fundamentals is the only way to get to an elite level of play. No matter him sport or level of play, make sure your athlete is spending at least 30% of practice time on fundamentals.
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5 Game Day Rituals

Blocking out distractions is crucial on game day. Whether it’s lucky shoes, a pregame anthem, or spinning the ball before a free throw, help your child create personal rituals that help him stay in the zone all game long.

-Coach Garner

  • Before each game, Tyson leaps as high as possible into the air. This ritual helps fire him up and find his focus!.

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