We acknowledge the efforts of all those working to make "sportsmanship" the basis of their athletic programs and all those working at the grassroots community level to instill that spirit in private youth leagues.
There is a way to teach sportsmanship while improving performance.
Schools and youth leagues have 30 million children a year who participate in organized sport under their control. What power there is in that number! It is the power to shape our country, if we would only make what we teach in sports a national priority and have all coaches teaching the real message in sports.
The ideas expressed on this website represent another way to mold young minds with values we can all appreciate.
If you want to have a more positive school climate, have people practice being positive every day. This is not wishful thinking. This is a planned program to make sure that all negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors are corrected when detected and that there be consequences to all actions. This is not a "Dr. Feel Good" program, but one that demands consistent hard work, actively helping others, and making progress on small details that dominates success in sports and in life. This program is about making choices - the right choices for success in sports, in school and in life.
Here are a few thought-provoking ideas for your program:As athletic director, you are the coach of your team. Your coaches are your team. You can have a specific game plan without micromanaging, just as your coaches do with their teams. A consistent message on all your teams can't help but enhance your program.
Teach educationally - have a written curriculum and text for students so everyone knows what they are teaching and learning.
Teach scientifically proven techniques by using the sciences of applied sport and cognitive-behavioral psychology.
We can teach sportsmanship, and all the other skills we can develop in sports, if we and our students know the process of how to accomplish our goals. While winning is important as it is the essence of competition, showing your students exactly what it takes to get there, having them practice self-control, teaching them how to be self-motivated is the greatest education you can give them.
- Can the educational product I am delivering be improved?
- Am I providing the best possible learning experience for the children?
- Is this a good and sound professional development opportunity for my coaches?
- Does it make sense to have your coaches familiar with the principles of sports psychology?
- Is this an opportunity to bring that learning to my staff and my students?
What you are accomplishing with a written curriculum:
- Ensuring that kids are being taught what you agree are the important lessons of sports on every team.
- Lessening frustration in parent, kids and coach when expectations are focused on personal improvement and progress and not outcome and statistics.
- Providing an excellent professional development course for your coaches.
- Providing a team-building experience as the team and coach work together on the mental skills.
- Have patience with coaches who have a difficult time accepting, implementing or integrating a sports psychology curriculum into their coaching.
- Even for those who like the whole concept, it will take time to implement.
- Spend time with coaches to develop this part of their coaching technique as part of their professional development.
- Convince coaches the value in the program for the kids they coach.
- Have new coaches starting their tenure with your school adopt the written curriculum and text for their teams so they start off the right way. Give them the guidance they need.
If you come to the conclusion that a written curriculum
will add meaning to your athletic program, we ask that
you take the time to contact GetPsychedSports.org.