Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

With Youth, High School Tryouts Approaching, the Adage 'Practice Makes Permanent' Fits ; ON SOCCER

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

With Youth, High School Tryouts Approaching, the Adage 'Practice Makes Permanent' Fits ; ON SOCCER

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With youth soccer and high school tryouts around the corner, this is a great time to make sure your child is prepared for the rigors ahead - not just the warmer weather and temperatures that are expected here during the summer months, but also with the heightened demands and expectations that are placed on members of a team at the start of a season. Here are some suggestions of things to focus on, whether as a parent of an athlete or for an athlete getting ready for tryouts or preseason

"Practice makes..." - Some teachers, coaches and parents come to different conclusions regarding that saying.

Some have stated that practice makes "perfect." I have always followed the idea of practice makes "permanent." Sports psychologist Rob Kehoe simply states that practice is whatever you make of it. That's why I've always subscribed to the theory of practice making permanent because whatever you work on, and how you conduct yourself while you are working on it, is what will stick with you in the long run.

The same thing applies to the example you set for your child. It's what your child will draw from.

Don't preach to your child about physical fitness if your own form of exercise is getting on and off the couch while watching television.

Don't preach about being committed to the cause if you don't follow through on things yourself. Don't preach about never giving up if you aren't disciplined to not quit yourself.

Understand that children are constantly evaluating their parents, so take pride in the model you are for your children. I try to ask myself daily: Who do I want my children and players to emulate? Would I want to play for me?"

"Winning is a habit" - Vince Lombardi used to preach this saying to his players, and building habits aren't something you only do during a two-hour practice. …

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