Sport Guide


It’s all about sports say coaches and parents as they sign their children up for little league, soccer, swimming or youth track. Both parents and coaches alike realize that by teaching our kids sports we are instilling in them strong work ethic, competitiveness, team work, sportsmanship, striving to accomplish goals, and to win.

These are all such obvious life skills you’d wonder why any parent wouldn’t want their kids in sports. Still, some psychologists say that an underperforming young athlete can have their self-esteem hurt if they find that they are not as good as the other kids on the team or in the league.

True enough and yet parents say, that’s alright they can still be part of a winning team, if they will put forth effort they’ll learn what can be accomplished working together, and they will also learn that if they want to do good and win in anything in life they will have to rise to the occasion and train and work harder to accomplish their goals, dreams and objectives. Indeed.

Today however, we are finding more and more studies and research done by psychologists that say we are damaging our children by pushing them too hard and that we should back off in order not to hurt their psyche. Sure, we could do that, but what happens when they enter the real world say coaches and parents; “Things are not going to get any easier then are they?”

No matter what you believe on this topic, one thing is known for sure; Team Sports Build Character in Our Youth! And so, I hope you will consider this.

Team Sports not only test your physical capabilities, but your mental capabilities as well. Sports help promote communication skills, decision making, and respect.

The physical aspect of sports can be very demanding. In order to be at the peak of your game you must train your body to endure things that you wouldn’t normally be able to face. Some people might ask why do such a thing? But by doing this you are preparing yourself for life. There are going to be times in your life when you are going to face challenges and if you push threw them two things will happen. First you will be stronger, and second you will be equipped for the next challenge that lies ahead.

Most people believe that sports are mainly physical. Myself being on a basketball team can completely testify against that. I would dare say 75% of the game is mental and the rest is physical. Which brings me to my next topic.

The mental side of sports is probably the most important part, far as preparing you for life. It teaches you how to stay positive when you are down by two points with 30 seconds left in the game or whatever the situation may be.

Probably the biggest thing that people have against sports is the risk factor. Yes there are going to be accidents and people are going to get injured, but that comes with about anything. Overall the pro’s out weight the con’s. So go out and play a sport today, remember the most important thing is to have fun.

Using the Athlete DISC to Create High Performance Teams

Great teamwork happens when those on the team have a philosophy of being the best person for the team rather than the best person in the team. Often athletes compete brutally against each other in order to be selected on the team and then once they are on the team, they are expected to put the team first. This is quite a departure from their previous thinking when they had to fight for themselves. However, if their thinking does not change, then we end up with a non-united team. A team of individuals. A team that without question, will fail to produce their best when it matters the most. As coaches, we may or may not have a role in selecting our team. Some do and some don’t. Regardless of this, every coach, must understand the interplay of behavioural styles / personalities that exist of their team. This interplay is called Team Dynamics and just by observing a team, it can be quite a challenge to accurately understand the diverse mix of these styles. To fully and accurately understand, coaches can turn to the Athlete DISC and the Team Dynamics Profiling. After all, most teams fail due to clashes of behaviour patterns (“personality clashes”). Clashes that could have been managed had the coach and team been aware of them.

Creating Great Teams

Some coaches assume any group can automatically be a team. One of the biggest single reasons that teams misfire is that personality differences are ignored. In short, who’s selected for the team will affect the outcome. For best results, we must be strategic about the athletes on the team, what their behavioural style is and what the outcome of these behavioural styles is in creating the Team Dynamics Profile. With this knowledge coaches can begin to understand likely team behaviours and the most effective way to coach the overall team. Coaches can also see where gaps are in the team’s diversity and can, where able, recruit athletes of particular profiles to fill those gaps.

When coaches create a sporting team and employ their knowledge of the four Athlete DISC behavioral styles, they can greatly improve the team’s chances for success. Coaches will need to take into account that there are natural allies and antagonists among the styles and also that each style functions best at a different phase in the life cycle of a team. For information on Team Development Stages, stay tuned as an article is coming out soon on this topic.

For example, Interactive styles (I’s) often see Compliant styles (C’s) as overly-analytical and rule governed. Dominant styles (D’s) might sooner die than have to continually wait on the more considerate style of the Steady team members (S’s). Compliant styles, while often drawn to Steady styles, have difficulty understanding the Interactive style’s lack of focus or the Dominant style’s impatience. And Steady styles only wish everyone was as amiable and tolerant as they. So while the potential for conflict is always there, it needn’t become the reality. In creating a team, think about who you are putting on it and monitor how they function during the group’s evolution. That way you’ll not only make the best possible use of the strengths of each team member, you can help create a whole that’s much larger than the sum of the parts. Discovering what styles you have on your team is easy. When each of your team, complete an Athlete DISC Profile, they will be mapped onto a Team Dynamics Chart like the one below.

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In the Team Dynamics Profile example, a coach can see that there are two different percentage measures in each Behavioural Style. The first percentage is the Norm Group. The norm group is a measure of the % of team members that theoretically form a healthy amount of a certain behavioural style. The other percentage is Your Group. This is the actual percentage of a certain behavioural style that exists in your team.

The first aspect to look at in the Team Dynamics Profile, is the Norm Group vs Your Group percentage. We ideally want these percentages to map to the theory percentages. Successful teams tend to have healthy diversity within the behavioural profiles. Can you think of what may occur if one behavioural style is oversupplied?

In the above example, the first team issue to notice is the lack of D’s. In teams, D’s provide a sense of urgency, a pace setting style of leadership, a love of a challenge, a strong results focus and a what ever it takes style of play. What do you think may be the outcome for a team that is missing these qualities? Think about team members who naturally want to assume a leadership role, what profile do you think they are most likely?

The second observation is that there are too many I’s. Interactive (I) style behaviours are fast paced, people oriented, motivated by change and fun, are impulsive with their choices, will be interested in the social side of sport as well as the need for individual recognition. As well, I’s are talkative types who tend to wear there heart on their sleeve more so than the other styles. With roughly twice as many I’s as the theory suggests is required, this team will likely struggle at times to switch on a focus. There may be a lot of off topic communication and if their coach does not provide excitement and fun elements at training, then they will start to disengage.

The other factor in this team, is that their Steady style (S) is under represented. S styles are described as the ultimate team player. They listen, are observant of others, portray tolerance, are highly amiable and generally will naturally put the team before themselves. Some describe S’s as the glue that binds the team together. What do you think may happen in this team given that there are not enough of the S’s?

Finally, the Compliant style. You will notice that this style is also over represented by 25%. Compliant styles (C’s) are rule guided, motivated by structure and systems being effective and efficient, are stubborn and inflexible to change unless there is sufficient evidence such as facts and figures to support the change. They are also likely to be highly conscious of quality above all else, are interested in the “right” process before the result and are more a thinker than a feeler who will be reticent to express themselves. Whilst fantastic people to have on a team, they can often be prone to preferring to work alone. So knowing this what impact do you think the impact on the team will be?

In summary, Team Dynamics Profiling gives us concrete indications on how the team will bond, interact and ultimately perform. Obtaining accurate information on Team Dynamics is easy and inexpensive using the Athlete DISC Profiling system. I have noticed that when teams significantly underperform, there is almost always critical behavioural issues (“personality clashes”) that were never addressed by the coach. Sport is tough enough. Coaching is one of the most challenging roles a person can have. In a recent survey of elite coaches from a diversity of sports, coaches rated the three most challenging aspects of their roles. 50% rated “Understanding individual athlete’s personality and how to best motivate them”. 46% rated “Personal life balance – managing sport, career, home and social life.” And 31% rated “Team/squad dynamics and managing relationships within the team/squad”. Don’t make your job any harder by neglecting this critical aspect of team performance. Use the knowledge available with Athlete Assessments and the Athlete DISC to assist you to make better informed decisions.

Target Sports are an important part of life. And, in all of them sports rules must to be firmly followed especially if we talk on the subject of safety, In the early19th century when soccer was a well liked game, have a set of rules but without any referee to execute or impose these rules. Such rules in those times, does not have explicit stipulations thus it became the reason of nuisance. It caused so much violence which made a awful notion for it. Cause of the rising figure of aggression concerning the Baseball game which resulted in wounds to the players as well as the audience, governing organizations determined and formulated Rules of the game that was necessary and applies till now.
Like Baseball and Target Sports for majority of the games rules are really simple they are not intricate at all. The first rule that you need to bear in mind is to keep every person safe also this is merely common sense to by no means point and toss anything at another player. Mishaps can happen at all times we must employ high quality apparatus and accessories, which are particularly intended for practice like indoor and outdoor training. One should examine the state of the gear regularly to be certain that they are still in their best shape. This is better than changing the kit. Officials and spectators are required to constantly provide complete interest in Team Sport rules for the reason that in sports if Team Sport rules aren’t followed appropriately hostility disorder and hustle can create a terrible notion of the game. Also good emotional stability is significant to any athlete and there are a few games where there are apparent benefits of clear rules and regulations.
Through the years each and every Baseball game has created famous legends. As of the time Team Sport enjoys its status as the most loved sport in the entire planet. Entertainingly it continues to get improved in time with its confirmed professional set of rules. With the latest adaptation of the world’s most well-liked sports. It’s really a fun way to encourage and coach the sports rules to kids. Finally Team Sport rules can put off damaging every player must practice them accurately in their training schedule. The rules of most of the games are in fact very easy but playing the game by such Team Sport rules can be a bit tricky! Essential rules in any game are as significant as the players and the equipment. These will make any game more exhilarating and more motivating.

In many cases you will find that you just really want to wear the shirt of the team you like. Some shirts can actually be really nice and adaptable to almost any set of circumstances. Picking the right team sports shirt is dependent on knowing what you think you will be wearing it for and then buying the right one for that occasion. One thing is for sure there is no shortage of style of these types of shirts because the fan base is so diverse, the shirts need to be just as diverse. You can wear t-shirts. Long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts and polo shirts and that does not count all the sweat shirts you can get too. All for your favorite team.

So why wear a team sports shirt? Well for one thing, when you go to the game or go somewhere to watch the game you usually want to have one so you fit in. In addition a lot of them are very comfortable and can go along with a lot of different outfits. Take the long sleeved team shirt. You can wear these with dress slacks, jeans and even khakis. They are very good in cooler weather and they go well with indoor activities as well. The tee shirt is good for those casual barbecues, parties and to hang out around the pool. The polo shirts are great for work, going to the game or just to wear around town. No matter the kind you want there is one for you.

The diversity of the team sports shirts are only beaten by the multitude of color combination that you can get them in. You would think that since most of these shirts are team colors that you would have limited choice. However it has become increasing easier to put together different styles which take these colors and put them together in all types of different ways. This allows the team sports shirt that you buy to have a lot of different variations and option. Having choices is always good for the customer and great for the team. The more choices that are out there the more the likelihood of selling more and this is good for everyone.

The good thing about the team sports shirt is that it can be as plain or as fancy and wild as you want it to be. Have you seen the shirts that have the colors of the team coming out as flames either on the arms, the back or even in some cases across the front? Or you can buy as simple as just the team logo nicely displayed on one side of the chest or another. Simple, clean and allowing you to wear the shirt wherever you want since it is still professional enough to wear. There are many professionals that wear these types of shirts to work with khakis or on casual days.

If you are looking for your team sports shirt you can find them on the team website, at the local stores or on the internet where you can find just about anything you want.

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As their children grow up, every set of parents has a different idea as to what should be the main focus of their upbringing and how they should spend their free time, especially when it comes to extra-curricular activities. Some parents place a huge emphasis on academics and want their children doing extra reading or working with a tutor. Other parents are heavily into sports and want their children to focus on sports. Some parents simply want their children to be children and don’t push them in any particular direction at all.

In most cases, schools give children at least some opportunity to participate in a team sport. Along with the team sports that are taught during physical education classes, there are usually a few varsity sports teams that will represent the school while competing against other schools in the area. In addition to this, most communities have a few organized sports leagues that children can be active in.

In my opinion, participation in team sports is vital to healthy social, physical and emotional development. Participating in a sports team exposes children to a range of challenges in a team environment where they are forced to work with others, rely on others at times and also to encourage or root for others on their team. All of this leads to the development of a cooperative mindset. Now although all of this sounds ideal, I am aware that it does not always work out this way. Some times a child might be a ‘ball hog’ and refuse to pass the ball, or want to score all of the goals themselves. But with time, even this child learns at some point that they must work with others if they want to see true success.

Some kids just love sports and have a natural tendency towards them. There is very little that a parent could do to stop a child like this from participating in sports. Other children are quite nonchalant about sports, and some children even hate sports. A variety of factors can influence the way that children feel about sports. Sometimes they are shy or insecure about the abilities yet with a little encouragement they will get out there and do fine. At times, a child may have a physical attribute that they are conscious or overly conscious about that stops them from doing a sporting activity they would love. I encourage parents to find at least one team sport that their children can become involved in. Not all team sports have to be high impact activities or ‘popular’ sports. A swim team is great for a child that is not boisterous or overly physical. Some schools have sailing as an extra curricular activity which again falls outside of the typical team sport.

I believe that team sports teach children not only how to compete, but how to compete fairly within structured boundaries. This is an important life lesson and the skills and the disciplines that they learn in sports will definitely last them a lifetime. Team sports will teach children how to communicate, since most team sports require children not only to talk to each other while the activity is taking place but also how to plan strategies for an upcoming event and how to debrief or review things that have happened in a game. Perhaps most importantly, team sports teach children how to succeed and how to fail since inevitably throughout each season of their sport their team will do both. With every win and loss, children learn coping skills. These again are important skills to develop in a child and they will last them throughout life.

Susan Roberts writes freelance for a number of different companies including KS Child Locate on locate child mobile. She has many years experience working with teens and families and also publishes on HubPages on subjects such as “My Childhood and my Children’s Childhood“.

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