Playing in an atmosphere that focuses on player self-improvement versus player competition creates a sense of teamwork and develops initiative:

The results clearly show that the more coaches create caring and task-oriented climates, the more likely important positive developmental gains will occur. Creating an “ego climate” was found to be the single most powerful predictor of negative youth experiences.

“Coaches should create a climate or atmosphere where kids feel cared about, valued, safe and supported,” Gould said. “These positive things should occur while at the same time avoiding the creation of an ego-oriented climate focusing primary attention on comparing themselves to others.” Read More:

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” ~Steve Young

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