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YOUTH SPORTS TEACH GREAT LIFE LESSONS 3 Learning Points for Your Athlete


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As we write this in mid-February, preparing for our March newsletter, we are saddened by the deaths of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Through the news and on social media, we immediately saw the gun control debate rage in both directions. With emotions remaining at stratospheric levels, thinking clearly is a difficult task. We believe school security solutions should go beyond just addressing the availability of weapons. We propose to scrape publicly available information on the internet to develop actionable intelligence. This is just one of seven policy proposals made in our article. You can read more on our blog: bit.ly/2tlDmKxb. Let’s make a community effort to devote resources, share information, and improve the safety of our schools. Be proactive instead of reactive. Until next month, continue your hero quest.

Sports are a microcosm of life. They are full of ups and downs, and they present situations on a daily basis that mirror adulthood. While no 12-year-old is going to decide the future of a hedge fund anytime soon, the decisions they are faced with in sports provide a great preview of life’s later challenges. Perhaps nothing can teach a child life lessons better than sports, and although the lessons are endless, we’ve highlighted three of the most prominent. COMMITMENT When your child plays a sport, they are taught the value of sustained commitments. It’s no secret that commitments to relationships, career, and family are key components of a harmonious and fulfilled life. It may sound like a reach, but attending all practices, games, and team events sets a strong precedent for life. This even includes financial commitments. According to a 2017 article by Time magazine, youth sports is a $15.3 billion industry. That kind of money is hard to ignore, and this is why many parents use sports to teach financial obligations to their children. Whether it’s starting a paper route to raise money for camp or participating in a fundraiser to get new equipment, many youth sports participants are learning the value of what it means to financially commit to something.

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hardworking adult. Sports offer an arena in which your child can elect to pursue their own internal motivations and strive for greatness. The most successful youth athletes aren’t externally motivated. They are the players who love their sport and love to work at it. It’s never too early to start learning the art of distinguishing between internal and external motivations. TEAMWORK Youth sports are a fantastic was for children to experience teamwork. Where there is a team, there is an opportunity for your child to learn valuable lessons about leadership. Being a good teammate doesn’t mean being the best player. It means making others better by investing personally in them, pushing them to excel, or simply leading by example. Life is full of situations that require cooperation, and the sports field can breed great leaders. MULTISPORT ATHLETES Tom Brady, Alex Morgan, Jim Brown, Danny Ainge, and Jackie Robinson didn’t specialize in their sports until high school. Tom Brady

didn’t even play organized football until his freshman year of high school. Alex Morgan played recreational soccer until she was 14. The data becomes staggering when you look at the accomplishments of many elite athletes. It’s not when you start but how you develop. CAR RIDE HOME According to a study done by Positive Coaching Alliance, the largest single reason children quit playing sports is the car ride home. Not losing. Not relationships. Not bad coaching. It’s hearing negativity from Mom and Dad in the car. While it’s extremely important to play a role in your kids’ sports, the role has to be supportive. The success your child gains from sports isn’t the college scholarship — it’s the lessons that will make them a successful adult. If you were told that your child could learn to value commitment, develop a solid work ethic, and become a team player by consistently doing one thing, wouldn’t you immediately sign up? Let that be the goal of your child’s youth sports,

It’s no secret that to be great at something, you have to work hard at it. Sports show that success is directly proportional to the work you put in. No one walks onto a sports field already amazing at what they do. It takes time and dedication to develop the specific technical skills necessary for achieving excellence. The recent Winter Olympics highlighted the incredible training regimens and staggering amount of work athletes put into their craft, and it’s easy to see how that kind of dedication could be applied to various other pursuits. Just because your child participates in sports doesn’t mean your child will be a

CREATE A WIN-WIN In a win-win scenario, your conflict is resolved in a way that satisfies all involved parties. Ensure a win-win by taking these steps: rather than a college scholarship or winning at all costs. You’ll find that the benefits of youth sports abound. 3 Skills You Need to Resolve Your Next Conflict COMPROMISE IS KEY Most conflicts come from emotional wounds, and those wounds need to be healed. The only way to truly find a solution for both parties is to find mutual compromise. If you are coming from a place of understanding and working toward a win-win, then compromise is a natural stepping stone to conflict resolution. If you aren’t, compromise may just be a way to put a patch on the problem instead of actually solving it. Successful conflict resolution resides in these three ideals, and all of them require emotional intelligence. A certain degree of self-awareness and empathy is the foundation of finding solutions. When these traits are combined with understanding, an effort to find a win-win situation, and willingness to compromise, you’ll find your conflicts resolved in an effective, equitable manner that will maintain relationships for a lifetime. • • • Acknowledge the issue. Find common ground. Understand all sides. • Attack the issue, not the person. Develop a mutual plan of action. •

Conflict resolution is never easy work. One wrong move can trigger the fault lines in an already complicated relationship. On the other hand, nothing good comes of allowing an unresolved problem to fester. Finding common ground is a must, even when it’s difficult or painful. We’ve provided resolution practices for both internal and external affairs so that you can be ready to handle any conflicts that come your way. SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions,” a book written by leadership guru John Maxwell, lays out the foundational concepts behind any effective conflict resolution session. Ask questions. If communication is a two-way street, then conflict resolution is a highway. Asking a great question starts the flow of communication. “Why?” is often the easiest and best question to start with. “Five Whys” by Sakichi Toyoda is a method that you can use to untangle any issue. According to this principle, you can get to the heart of the matter within five times of asking why. Understanding and articulating the core of your issue will help you create a win-win scenario.

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GRUMPY CAT Fortune: $1–100 million

Since humans first domesticated dogs almost 40,000 years ago, people have happily kept pets around. We feed them, groom them, and occasionally let them sleep on the bed. Some people love their pets so much they make sure their animals will inherit a vast fortune in the case of their owner’s death. Here are a few pets who, thanks to their dedicated owners, are truly living the good life. GIGOO Fortune: $15 million When British publisher Miles Blackwell and his wife, Briony, passed away within weeks of each other, the childless couple left most of their fortune to a charity trust. About $42.5 million went to benefit arts, music, and animal welfare causes. However, the Blackwells didn’t forget about their favorite pet, Gigoo the hen. The $15 million Gigoo inherited to ensure she was taken care of made her the only bird on Time magazine’s “10 Richest Pets of All Time.” GUNTHER IV Fortune: $375 million German countess Karlotta Liebenstein left her entire $80 million fortune to her German shepherd, Gunther III. Trustees for the canine’s estate have made some excellent investments since then, growing the fortune to $375 million — a sum that was inherited by Gunther III’s son, Gunther IV. Today, this top dog dines on steak and caviar, is chauffeured by limousine, and owns villas around the world, including a Miami Beach mansion once belonging to Madonna. Take a Break

While most rich pets inherit wealth, Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is a self-made millionaire. Born with a form of dwarfism, the world fell in love with Grumpy Cat when pictures of her perpetual frown circled the internet in 2012. The meme sensation soon made the jump to real world celebrity, becoming the official spokescat for Friskies cat food and starring in her own movie, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.” Sources claim Grumpy Cat is worth over $100 million. Her owner says this number is inaccurate, but one thing is certain — whatever she’s frowning about, it’s not her bank account.

This list is a clear reminder of how much people love their pets. Of course, instead of a vast fortune, most of us are content to show our affection with an extra treat before dinner. After

all, our pets probably don’t even know the difference.

Braised Chicken


This simple and delicious one-pot recipe is perfect for a weeknight. It only requires about 15 minutes of hands-on work, but will taste like you spent all day building flavors. It’s a hearty comfort food that’s sure to delight eaters of all ages.


4 large carrots, cut into sticks 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil 8 small bone-in chicken thighs 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 12 radishes, halved 1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in pan for 6–7 minutes per side. 3. Remove chicken from pan and scrape off excess fat. Directions

Add broth and stir in radishes, carrots, and sugar.

4. Return chicken to

pan, placing on top of vegetables. Gently simmer with lid on pan for 15–20 minutes. Finish with chives.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE FromThe Yolofsky Office PAGE 1 Youth Sports Aren’t About College Scholarships PAGE 1 Conflict Resolution Is More Than Just Compromise PAGE 2 These Pets Make MoreThan Most Americans! PAGE 3 Take a Break! PAGE 3 Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables PAGE 3 Is Muscle Pliability the Next Fitness Fad? PAGE 4

Muscle pliability is all the rage in modern strength and conditioning training. This method of training has recently been made famous by athletes like Tom Brady, but it’s applicable to all levels of training. The concepts are very basic, the workouts can be done anywhere, and it benefits a variety of training goals. WHAT IS MUSCLE PLIABILITY? Why Muscle Pliability Is the Next Wave in Health and Fitness

intensity of the training is at your discretion and can be as minimal or intense as you like. Training is usually accompanied by some form of massage to help prevent buildup of lactic acid and muscle tightening. FAD OR NEXT BIG THING? We’ve all seen the waves of new health and fitness regimes that will change your life forever. With a lot of trainers moving toward this approach, it’s easy to be cautious about whether or not this is the right path for you. Pliability is not just a specific workout plan; it’s also a great workout companion. By adding pliability to your workout regimen, you can enhance recovery and

Muscle pliability is the lengthening and softening of your muscles. The long- standing belief in strength training is that lifting weights is the path to strong and healthy muscles. While you will get bigger by lifting, it also makes your muscles shorter and tighter. This increases the likelihood of an injury. Training for pliability elongates muscles, making them softer and less easy to strain. HOW TO TRAIN FOR IT Training for pliability is simple and can easily be integrated into any workout plan. Pliability workouts use resistance bands and foam rolling to train your soft tissue. The

limit injury. It’s the perfect add-on to your program. It helps you push your body further while mitigating long-term complications. Plus, who doesn’t love a massage after a workout?

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