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On Cutting Kids From a Sports Team or Program:

"The goal in childhood should be to prepare children for adulthood by giving them a chance to develop coping skills and the self-confidence needed to succeed in the adult world in a safe and nurturing environment. Failure does not build self-esteem."

~ Brooke de Lench

On Sportsmanship:

"Children learn self-control by watching you display self-control. Like a coach who remains calm and under control in tough situations, parents who exhibit good sideline behavior provide young athletes with an appropriate role model for handling the emotional ups and downs of competition."

~ Brooke de Lench

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