Rick Wolff's Sports Edge: Life lessons from youth sports


We as coaches, educators, and as parents talk all the time about the important intangibles of sports — what we want our youngsters to take away from their playing experiences.

Sure, of course, sports offers fun and enjoyment and pleasure….sports are supposed to be about kids having fun….that’s a given.

But what about the other essential life lessons that come with competing? For many of us who played sports as a kid, and who follow sports today as grown-ups, many of these life-lessons are firmly ingrained into us. They have become baked into our hard-wiring.

Yet there was a time in our lives in which we had to first learn the lessons. And as such, my question is what were the key lessons you learned along the way that you want your own athletes to learn?

I’m talking about coping with adversity….of learning how to work hard and master a skill….of learning how win with a sense of sportsmanship, or learning how to lose with dignity….how to learn how to stand on your own two feet and communicate with your coach…lessons like this.  About learning how that winning only feels good if you play fair, and don’t cheat.

In short, on today’s, I wanted to do a kind of impromptu public forum as to what are the most important lessons we want our kids to learn when it comes to sports…lessons that will have an guiding impact on them for their entire life.

The calls and comments were superb. Take a listen and see what you think:

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