“There’s NO Crying in Baseball! Or Is There”?
The benefits of sports involvement for kids are extensive. Physical activity, social interactions and a sense of accomplishment are just a few examples why participation in athletics has always been important for youth development.
In more recent years, youth sports have become a multi-billion dollar industry including increased cost to join programs or teams, inflation in prices for equipment and more extensive travel.
Modern trends also include earlier shifts to competitive levels, increasing focus on winning and year round training, all of which lead to increased pressure on coaches. Coaches are given the difficult task of preparing an athlete to compete at higher levels, developing a winning program, navigating the media and managing expectations of athletic directors, parents, and even players themselves.
“There’s NO crying in baseball! Or is there?”: A seminar for coaches aimed at understanding modern trends in competitive athletics, recognizing mental health vulnerabilities, managing parent-child-coach conflicts, and integration of mental skills into practice to improve performance.