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Should we let sports teach children moral and ethical values?

Do we teach ethic and moral values to the children and youth athletes?

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10 questions to understand the coaching effectiveness

10 questions for athletes and coaches. How much my coaching is oriented to teach:
  1. athlete controls the process of his/her performance (e.g. technique, timing, speed and accuracy) and much more less the result
  2. what happens before determines what happens immediately after (e.g. warm-up quality determina to be ready to start training)
  3. mistake is a coaching component, the improvement occurs through the prompt reaction at this situation
  4. high intensity and concentration must be showed during all the coaching time
  5. athlete must be mentally ready to do and not only to start one exercise just to do
  6. athlete must be aware of his/her thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  7. coaching is not a sequence of exercises but it is a sequence of situations to be solved in the best way
  8. coach/athlete dialogue is a fundamental aspect of the coach and athlete improvement
  9. before to start one exercise it’s necessary to be committed for some moments to visualize the task to do
  10. behavioral routine are essentials to execute difficult tasks and to cope with competitive situations

Teach to coach

After 25 years of collaboration and friendship we take a photo with Claudio Mantovani, scientific manager School of Sport, Italian Olympic Committee, and editor of the new book for coaches “Insegnare per allenare” (“Teach to coach”), published by SdS-Coni.

Parentes and sports: which role?

Tomorrow in the conference that I will keep in Civitanova Marche (Italy) on the parents role in sports contexts I will talk about these issues.
  • To promote the sport in young people
  • Change the sports culture
  • Sport is a long-term project
  • What it needs young people to develop
  • Teaching task orientation to learn how to win and lose
  • The parents role in these contexts

Hanan Al Hroub: the best teacher in the world is in Palestine

Hanan Al Hroub is the winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.  Hanan Al Hroub, from Samiha Khalil High School, Al-Bireh, Palestine, grew up in Bethlehem refugee camp where she was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatised by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. She specialises in supporting children traumatised by violence. “I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage. I accept this as a win for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular,” Al Hroub said. ”We, as teachers can build the values and morals of young minds to ensure a fair world, a more beautiful world and a more free world. “The future seems far and ambiguous, however, when you are involved in making it, the world represents a light.”

Her teaching is based on the following idea “No to violence through playing and learning,”

“We must teach our children that our only weapon is knowledge and education.”

In tennis is easy be bad with us

Tennis teaches me every day how easy it to play very bad for the players who are at the beginning of their professional career. These are young people, boys and girls of 18-21 years, who despite having quality of play and physical fitness cannot accept mistakes, are not confident in the court and negative about themselves. In other words, they are not tennis players accustomed to face errors and difficulties as normal and every days obstacles to overvome and above all they do not enjoy, because for them it’s an experience heavy and problematic. In my experience thing there are many more young people in the face of these difficulties choke rather than trying to master. The only way to change this situation is to start teaching to manage their emotions and thoughts in the court. At this regard, an important aspect to teach consists in the pause management (during the match but in the sessions too). Tennis players have to acquire a system allowing them to recover from the physical and mental fatigue, soon after, to get in the best mood to start a new point. This approach to the game should be practiced daily. They must know that the tennis technical and athletic component have to be trained along with the mental and that there is not a point in a game where all three are not present.

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Creativity training: the 4 keywords

What is creativity?  In 1929  the mathematician Henri Poincare said: “Creativity means to combine existing elements with new connessions perceived as useful.” Being creative means breaking the existing rules to create others better than the old one.

Which is its role in football? Creativity is an essential part of football.
Often the training of creativity is perceived less relevant than the technical and tactical development and  it’s very often treated as a quality genetically determined: “That player is creative.” This is the reason why often the training of creativity can be mistakenly overlooked.
The creativity is influenced by both the age of the players, (for experiences and development level of coordination skills) and the different environmental situations during the practice (variety of tools and game conditions). This last aspect is part of the coaches’ creativity. During my experience with youth football I have observed and talked with many coaches. I have seen coaches change their proposals, renew their education, discover new tools, I saw them seek and stimulate their players’ creativity. On the other hand, I have seen many coaches blocked on their positions, more concerned about winning the “clash” without even knowing that the real name is “confront”, unwilling to change and learn and committed to criticize parents than to grow young athletes.
If you want to grow imaginative players, there is need to train coaches to know the tools and the situations stimulating creativity and imagination. Sports psychology is also involved on this track. If your child’s imagination goes coached, then it’s equally true that the coaches should know the way to stimulate the creativity. What is the coaches task to reach this goal? They have to propose new and different game situations accompanied by rich and challenging variations. They have continually to teach their players to seek new solutions, to allow the young athletes to acquire an important competence linked to soccer practice.
Infact,in Brazil, which is one of the best schools of football technique in the world, creativity is stressed even before technical skills, which are realized consequently and simultaneously.
It is certainly undeniable that there are people more creative than others, but creativity can be stimulated and trained. At first, we can start by knowing the 4 key words related to the training of creativity:


  • Clear and simple rules
  • No criticism and judgments at work ideational
  • Give everyone the same opportunities and attention
  • Stimulate divergent thoughts


  • The psychological freedom lowers defenses. Even the extravagant and granted ideas  must be listened and welcomed
  • Permit freedom of action. Choose, some times, to indicate only the expected result: the young athletes will choose and invent the path to achieve


  • Avoid the closure with the outside. The children must be able to grow and learn especially by comparison


  • Fun working. The fun and uninhibited training climate  encourages the search for alternatives

“In his greatness, genius disdains the beaten track and search unexplored regions” (Abraham Lincoln)

(by Daniela Sepio)

The 10 ultimate questions to build a winning attitude

10 ultimate questions for coaches and mental coaches:

  1. How much are you convinced that beyond the technical/tactical and physical fitness, attitude is the basis to achieve great successes?
  2. How much time do you spend to change the attitude of your athletes to their mistakes?
  3. How do you teach that the warm-up is not only physical but also mental?
  4. How do you teach that the attitude towards the physical and mental fatigue is crucial for improving confidence during the events?
  5. How do you teach that it’s necessary to fight moment to moment without thinking about the result?
  6. Do you stop the training because the attitude is wrong?
  7. How often do you award the attitude rather than the result?
  8. How much time do you spend on teaching that attitudes before the competition and during the breaks are the basis of the following performance?
  9. How much time do you spend thinking about how your attitudes affect those of your athletes?
  10. How do you specifically assess and talk with athletes about their attitude in training and competition?

The skills of the youth coach

The coaches of football school and in general of the youth sports are called to perform different functions and diversified tasks. It’s evident, therefore , that they need knowledge and skills not only related to technical and tactical sport aspects but covering all the functions that they have to play .

The necessary skills can be divided into four categories :

  1. technical skills
  2. specific teaching skills
  3. psychological skills
  4. management skills

The coaches very often think that to play their role it’s enough to know how to play and to talk about football. This belief is often related by an attitude that any lack of progress of the little players comes from the athletes. This coaches’ attitude, to always put outside of them the issues related to the learning difficulties and the lack of motivation of their player, recalls the urgent need for coaches to improve their teaching, interpersonal and psychological skills.

The best way to understand the competences useful to the coaches in their job is to let the word to the coaches. In a study by John Salmela (1996), high level coaches have reported a list of skills considered necessary to lead athletes .

Here below the skills regarding those working with young athletes:

  • Ability to develop critical thinking that helps to renew their interpersonal and teaching skills, especially when the athletes’ characteristics change significantly.
  • Know how to train themselves constantly teaching better.
  • Know how to evaluate and adapt their approach and the teaching strategies used.
  • Build an environment and atmosphere really able to stimulate the learning processes.
  • Ability to develop and enhance their personal style of teaching, being aware of it.
  • Know how to help the athlete to set goals, at short and medium term, and to assess correctly their potential.
  • Be integrate as much as possible in the psychological world of their athletes, offering them support.


(by Daniela Sepio)

Teach to think not only the technique

Have a thinking at a time focused on what we’re going to do in a moment is an effective way to be focused on the present. The commitment of every athlete must be targeted to coach this mental ability. While playing a game or compete in any sport, there is nothing but the succession of many present. It is therefore necessary to have at all times just the thought useful to do the best, athletes have to show the ability to choose one thought over another. Otherwise negative stress dominates,  which leads to errors or a bad performance. We hear too often that in sport the mind is the main problem and that it would be better not to have it. Obviously, this sentence is only a testimony of coach or athlete incapacity, because without the mind, it could not be develop the thoughts needed to do the best. So we have not only to teach the sport technique,  but we have to coach to think.