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When it comes to any competition, whether it be driveway basketball, a friendly game of Monopoly or a swim meet, one element is key to ensuring a high caliber of fun: good sportsmanship. “You don’t win silver. You lose gold.” That was the resentful message of a athletic shoe commercial that aired on TV during…

Effective immediately, Special Olympics Inc. (SOI), has enacted a concussion policy.  The policy is for athlete safety.  In addition, numerous states, including Indiana, have new state laws regarding athletics and concussions.  In order to be proactive and compliant, SOI has created the new Concussion Awareness & Safety Recognition Policy. The policy has two parts.  Part…

Athlete Conduct The coach is responsible for keeping athletes under control. Do so by setting a good example and by disciplining when necessary. Set team rules for good behavior. If athletes attempt to cheat, fight, argue, badger, or yell disparaging remarks, it is your responsibility to confront the misbehavior. Initially, it may mean removing athletes…

When working with any athlete population, it is important for coaches to ask athletes to perform technical skills (fundamentals) and tactical skills (game or event strategies) that are developmentally appropriate relative to athletes’ physical and intellectual capabilities. Introducing skills that are too advanced for athletes’ capabilities can lead to unsafe sport environments and frustration. For…

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