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Knowing a Must Play Mom

The term “Must Play Mom” is not one that we hear often associated with youth sports.  The must play mom approach is one coach’s need to be aware of.  In short, the “must play mom” is a mother (not all) will do anything for her child to receive an opportunity for their child to play. These moms also play on coaches conscious of feeling.   As a result the coach feels as if they “Must Play” this player.

Dr. Mark Robinson is a personal development expert who helps highly competitive individuals excel in a highly competitive environment.

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Playing High School Sports: A 14 Step Process


 

Does your child want to play middle school or high school sports?  If the answer is yes or maybe then you should ask yourself these questions to see how many steps your child needs to take in oder to be ready to compete for a spot on the team.  I usually ask the following questions:

 

Dr. Mark Robinson is a personal development expert who helps highly competitive individuals excel in a highly competitive environment.

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My Kid didn’t make the Middle School Team: Now What?


 

One of the unfortunate parts about coaching middle school basketball for me are the days during tryouts.  The disappointing news I have to give a player and parent on their non selection.  Each year parents and kids attend basketball tryouts hoping to be selected to play for the team.  I have experienced two different types of parents of youth athletes.  You’re either a parent who is investing money and time into your child’s athletic skill development or a parent who is not.  Youth sports is a billion dollar business.  The parents who have not embraced the billion dollar business are usually the parents upset when their child is not selected for the team.  

 

Dr. Mark Robinson is a personal development expert who helps highly competitive individuals excel in a highly competitive environment.

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PPD MAG What’s has Changed  


 

Since 2013 we have delivered news, articles, and videos regarding the personal development of athletes.  In 2019 what has changed?  The desire to produce more blogs, fewer articles and less interviews.  As a result, we have revamped the look and feel of PPD MAG.  We provide content convenient and a quicker.  More importantly we had to analize athletes and non athletes personal development issues and challenges meeting the common denomnator.

In response to the request, more blog and opinion content on current events regarding the personal development of the athlete.  As well as content on other highly competitive individuals from highly competitive environments.   Money, power, and status are the common denominators for the athlete and an individual seeking to excel in a competitive corporate environment.  Moving forward understanding the personal development of these individuals is part of the personal player development agenda.

A review of our visitor’s analytics pushed the 2019 revamp.   Who’s reading our content and why? How long the average visitor actually spent on our site?  Interest in PPD MAG original viewership is deep-rooted in the topics we cover.  As a result the addition of a serious blog element on the personal development of highly competitive individuals.  In-lines us with global players from all professions competing to be the best in a competitive environment.

 

Dr. Mark Robinson is a personal development expert who helps highly competitive individuals excel in a highly competitive environment.

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Parenting the Middle School Athlete, Five Tips!


 

Middle school is an important time for youth athletes.  It’s when the foundation and development of skills and understanding begin to take shape.  It is also at this time that key questions and decisions should be made.  Is your child playing sport as a recreational activity?  Is you child playing sport to inprove to make the high school team? Does your child want to play in college?  Is your child playing sport because of mom and dad?

Ask your child if they want to play sport in college?

If a child wants to play sport in college.  Parents should examine the High Schools in the local district.  Do your homework on the program and coach. This means, find out how many players from the school have moved on to play college sports.  How many of those players played for the current coach?  Does the coach have connections or a network on the college level?   Does the school have a quality strength and conditioning program?  What does the summer development program consist of?  Attend a game or practice if necessary.  All of the above activities will allow you to get a feel for what type of program and coach a child will become a part of. 

Review the policy and rules regarding attending the districts other schools. 

School districts have a policy in place regarding boundaries in a school district (if public) area.  You should familiarize yourself with these policies. Understand the reason certain districts allow kids from other boundaries to attend schools in that district.  Most school boundaries are in place for equal enrollment purposes, not athletic purposes.  

Take time to review the academic advising or counseling department.

Speak to some of the counselors and find out if they have experience with the NCAA academic requirements and understand what classes athletes should be taking.  Also, find out if they understand the difference between NCAA divisions 1,2 and 3.

Find out what type of kids your son/daughter will be joining.

If a player is good enough to compete on varsity as a freshman parents should understand that player will be around older kids every day and this could expose a player to the ills of playing sports.  A freshman hanging around a senior is not always a bad thing but from a social standpoint, attending parties and being exposed to alcohol and drugs could be.

Ask yourself if you want your child to play in high school more than your child?

Sometimes as parents we want our child to be so successful that we forget it’s not about us it’s about the child.  If your child doesn’t want to play high school sports leave it and find another activity for them to enjoy.  Pushing your child to play sport will only damage your relationship.

Playing a sport on the collegiate level is difficult, and not many have the opportunity. Many parents leave the investigative legwork to others.  While some parents are not educated on the things that will provide their child with the necessary developmental aspects of playing in college.  If a child is willing to put in the effort, a parent need to make sure they are doing their part.

 

Dr. Mark Robinson is a personal development expert who helps highly competitive individuals excel in a highly competitive environment.

Dr. Mark RobinsonParenting the Middle School Athlete, Five Tips!
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Highly Competitive Individuals: Highly Competitive Environments


Our society has always been a competitive one. However, the personal development of individuals competing in competitive environments compared to individuals competing in competitive athletics may have more in common than we recognized.  More importantly, the methods used in athletics to combat personal development issues could be effective in assisting the everyday competitive employee.

We often see athletes as competitors and while this is true many in the tech industry, as well as other parts of the corporate world, are struggling to thrive in these competitive areas.  Having the right resources accessible is essential for these individuals to make sound decisions, understand the power they hold and the status that comes with that power.  The common denominator between the weekday competitive employee and competitive athlete is how they function and manage to achieve desired outcomes in the workplace or the athletic arena.

A few years ago I volunteered to be a mentor for corporate professionals and was matched with a gentleman who worked for twitter at that time.  My selfish purpose was to use my approach to working with athletes and apply them to an individual working in a competitive fast pace environment.  I wanted to determine if my theories and practical application for personal player development was useful for all Competitive Individuals: Highly Competitive Environmentsin competitive corporate America.

Throughout the course of six months, I met with my mentee from twitter at convenient locations close to the Twitters downtown San Francisco office.  Our specific topic centered around how he could become more competitive in pitching his concept to Twitter Executives.  He explained to me that the competition in tech is fierce, relentless and high turnover.  On one occasion we had a session at Twitter on one of the many floors stocked with coffee bars, al la carte meals, flat screen TV’s and Mac’s everywhere.  He was correct the competition was fierce and relentless which mirrored the competition on a football team at a power five conference.

During our sessions, I delivered the techniques I use with athletes, and the results were extremely positive.  He pitched his idea they loved it, and he ended up receiving a new position as well as an increase in pay.  Ultimately he left Twitter and took a higher position with another tech company in months of his initial pitch to Twitter.  My encounter with my mentee from Twitter gave me an opportunity to validate that people working in competitive environments can not only benefit but thrive from the personal player development pillars of success.   As a result of this experience, I slowly began to include this population in my practice and continue to see the vast similarities in helping the competitive employee and the competitive athlete.

Dr. Mark Robinson is a personal development expert who helps highly competitive individuals excel in a highly competitive environment.

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