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Our responsibility as adults toward the young athletes

At the beginning of this new century, the concept that sport can become a valid and viable professional mainstream for young people has taken hold. Years ago, pursuing a career as an athlete was an option little considered by families, so young people continued to attend the schools in which they were enrolled until the end of their studies. This was the Italian situation characterized by a total disconnection between the school Institution and the sporting world, the latter generally opposed by teachers. Families, on the other hand, rarely asked themselves the question about the sporting future of their children before they reached adulthood. Today the situation has changed. Sports organizations press for promising athletes to train many hours a week, families think that a sports career is an opportunity like any other, sometimes even the best and easiest to pursue, and young people are caught between these two demands and at the same time they too are tuning in to this opportunity. Moreover, teaching in Italian schools is rather backward and little different from how it was done 100 years ago and, therefore, adolescents in general do not find an environment oriented towards their development as a person and the acquisition of the skills characteristic of their curriculum.

Certainly, sport appears to be more fun, exciting and varied, even if daily practice does not correspond to this stereotype, but in my opinion the sporting environment in which young talents enter is usually stimulating, and guided by coaches who are more interested in the development of the person and the athlete. We are talking about young people who train at least 30 hours a week for 10 months. An amount of time, however, not different from that of students who want to achieve equally positive results at school.

The question that no one asks is not about the notions to be learned, but about understanding to what extent dropping out of school or schooling in private schools where the study of the program is totally conditioned by the sports activity represents a limit to the development of these young athletes. To date, each family and each sports organization pursues a path and there are no guidelines developed by the Ministry of Education and those who govern the sport. In this choice, families are left without guidance and the federations choose the paths that can be taken according to the needs of their sport. A discussion would be helpful as well as a better understanding of other countries’ models.

Leader’s characteristics when the country is under stress

True leaders become particularly important in times of increased stress. What we are experiencing, with the spread of the coronavirus, is one of these times when those in positions of responsibility acquire greater visibility, must be perceived as authoritative and must make decisions that are useful to the common welfare, showing understanding of the situation in the country.

Leaders are individuals who should be comfortable enough to face difficult days such as those they put at risk:

  • the well-being and health of people for whom they have direct (in the case of companies) or indirect responsibility (in the case of representatives of public institutions, public health and local authorities),
  • the geographical and social environment in which they operate,
  • the sense of social responsibility and the values on which the organization they lead and the interests of all those who support it are based.

Leaders then take decisions in accordance with these three factors, in agreement and sharing them with public institutions and those relevant to him. This requires leaders to have specific knowledge of the present reality, the ability to collaborate with representatives of the other organizations involved, awareness and sense of responsibility of the social value of their work in these moments, to know how to explain the meaning of their decisions and to have knowledge of the results they intend to achieve with these decisions.

Every leader must take decisions, even difficult ones, knowing they must be inspired to keep united the social environment for which they are responsible in their field. These days it is not enough to think before talking. Even before that, it comes: to document and share their ideas with those who have expertise and play a specific role on public health issues.

This is not theory, but enables socially responsible leadership.


Head coach and staff management: Basket

Head coach and staff management: challenges, responsibilities and perspectives in high-level sport events

Cristiana Conti e Cristina Montesano

Movimento, 2017, 33, 71-79

Roma, too under pressure for the responsibility

Do you take your responsibility?


Three key questions to find out if you are responsible for your performance

  • Are you accountable for what you do or look for excuses?
  • Are you sure  to commit all yourself or just put a part of you?
  • I agree in time so intense or your commitment is discontinuous?

Identify situations in your life when you have been accountable for your performance and others where you’re not and you’ve been damaged by your behaviors.

Mourinho said that Chelsea choked under pressure

Mourinho describes very well what does it mean to choke under pressure after the Chelsea defeat against PSG.

“PSG deserved to win,” said Mourinho. “When a team cannot defend two corners, and concedes twice, that team doesn’t deserve to win. When a team cannot cope with the pressure of being with one player more playing at home, and the stadium doesn’t accept the team has to control the game and want them to go on and win it… we couldn’t cope with that pressure. For them it was easy: 10 men, defensive organisation, two lines of four, long balls for the counter-attack, waiting for free-kicks and corners. Mentally, for them, they had nothing to lose. They were experienced, they were good, and they deserved it.

“Clearly some of my players couldn’t cope with that pressure. The individual performances were not good enough. When you concede twice from two corners, it’s about a lack of concentration, a lack of responsibility to cope with the markers and the space you have to control. So we deserved to be punished with this draw. Sorry, this defeat.”

Sport parent education

The National Alliance for Youth Sports proposes a standard for parent education by providing a video-based educational program which offers a simple, effective way to make youth sports parents aware of their roles and responsibilities as well as ways they can make their child’s experience more enjoyable and positive.


The mental skills of the soccer teams

Today begins the Italian football championship. The  Napoli exclusion from Champions League immediately put in evidence the importance of the psychological capacities in determining the supremacy on the field as well as the final result. Among the main features to look for in the game to know if a team is a match positively oriented are:

  • Tactical Intelligence: do the right thing at the right time
  • Combat: do not allow to the opponents to be comfortable when they play with us
  • Toughnes: try harder and persist longer under adversity
  • Responsibility: accepting the role and instructions provided by the coach
  • Sense of belonging: feeling an active player of the team, collaborate and support the teammates at all times
We’ll see during the season which teams will show more of these psychological skills.

5,30 or 6, fired or promoted

I want to say clearly, too often today parents are the main obstacle to the development of self-esteem of their children. They attack teachers and at the same time cultivate the reasons that induce their children to not be able to tolerate the slightest frustration. There are parents who believe that the commitment, and dedication to the task are not necessary. Cultivate the culture of blame of others (teachers and coaches) and not the culture of their responsibilities as parents towards their children .

Years ago my daughter I explained the difference between taking 5,30 or 6 at school. I told her that probably there was no difference between what they knew students who took these two votes. Sometimes teachers would also have been able to make mistakes exchanging two votes. But you must remember one thing: who gets 6 will be promoted and who gets 5:30 is rejected. Her goal was to stay on the positive side and not the negative , therefore I said: take responsibility and choose where you want to be . This is the reality ! Parents should remember that they are the primary educators of their children’s future .

More and more parents are inadequates to play their role

Today’s news that a parent forced his son to take drugs because he had become a swimmer champion  is only the latest in a series of episodes that highlight how many parents have given up not only to carry out their educational role but actually become the main exploiters to meet their frustrations. Not regret the time in when the parents played an authoritarian role  mainly versus the girls and in general do not show a lot of interest toward the males. Being parents in this period is much more difficult than in the past, because you have to know and want to shape the future of  your sons and many parents perceive this role as a tiring job or simply they lack of that sense of responsibility that they should have. It does not matter if you are divorced or not married, what matters it’s the will to play the educational role you are called to do.  Finally, we live in a society in which the appearance and not being it’s more important and where the money is almost the only parameter to show our value. Unfortunately, these cases will increase more and more .