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How do I teach my child that winning isn’t the only goal in youth sports?

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How do I teach my child that winning isn’t the only goal in youth sports?

The focus on winning seems like it's paramount even more in youth sports, and I think as adults we have to pre-teach that to the child that we always want to win. Our program here at Boys Town is called Competing with Character for a reason, we want to compete. We want to compete as hard as we can, within the rules and we want to try and win every contest. But we also know that the reality of life is that we always don't win. So if your entire focus on youth sports is the winning and finishing first and being at the top, you're going to be sadly disappointed a lot, that's just the way things are. So I think if we take that focus away, even at the high school varsity level, we don't focus on winning, we focus on the task of preparing to win and that's even more important than winning. Winning is a byproduct of doing things right and when we teach our kids that each time that they show up at a contest or a practice or whatever, that they give their best, that's all they can control. When wins happen, they happen because we did things the right way.

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