Jack Llewellyn, PhD, has spent a lifetime counseling elite athletes and writing books on greatness, but he would like a few minutes with NYO's coaches and parents, especially the parents. That's why he's coming to our gymnasium at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 26, for a conversation sponsored by the Positive Coaching Alliance. 'I try to emphasize it's so critical that when kids first start (playing sports) it has to be fun,' Llewellyn says. 'Those initial years should be spent learning basic skills and being rewarded.'
NYO has embraced Jack Llewellyn's message, but each year brings a fresh batch of kids and parents, as well as an opportunity for all of us to get a refresher. And Dr. Jack frets that young female athletes increasingly feel the pressures their brothers have long faced. 'We pay too much attention to the physical and not to the emotional,' he says, 'and now we're doing it to girls.'
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