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January 2012




Positive Sport Coaching is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to educate and encourage positive attitudes and behavior in all athletic endeavors by coaches, parents, administrators, media, and players. Please take a moment to look over our newsletter and enjoy.

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1.Have you ever witnessed some one cheating during a game or match that you participated in.




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Quote of the Month
How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser. -Lou Holtz
In The News
Lessons Learned from the Soccer Field. 10 Ways to Develop an Invincible Hotel Sales Team
By Amanda J. Dennis
In an Interview of Spencer Ward, a Positive Sport Coaching Board Member
The Wall Street Journal Online and
(Posted on Hospitality Net: Latest Industry News at Wed, Nov 09, 2011 at 05:25PM)


Growing up in Alabama, football was a religion and we showed our devotion at the altar of the SEC (the Southeastern Conference, not the Securities & Exchange Commission). You might worship in the church on Sunday, but Fridays and Saturdays were reserved for services conducted on the gridiron. Football, however, took on new meaning for me more than a decade ago when my niece suited up at age 4 and played her first game of "bunch ball." In this new "football," there are cleats but no pads; shorts instead of pants and the ball is round. Through the years, my respect for the game grew as I noted that there are no time-outs in soccer (except for a very short marching bands or baton-twirlers) and the players remain on the field for both offensive and defensive series. Soccer is more finesse than power; more touches (feet, no hands) than tosses. As a result, soccer players have to be agile, swift and above all, well-conditioned.


A couple of weeks ago, after a particularly competitive game, it occurred to me that soccer has a whole lot in common with business. So I interviewed Spencer Ward, coach of the Colorado Real U16 girl's Athletico team, to get his take. A native of the UK, Spencer started playing soccer there when he was 6, progressed to Academy Level soccer (we know it as semi-pro) and then to coaching both boy and girls teams while pursuing a successful commercial real estate career. And to my surprise, Spencer shared with me that he consciously developed his coaching style to reflect business strategies that he has learned and integrated over the years. "Most of the kids I coach will not make it to pro ranks as the competitive expectations are extremely high," he said. "It's important to me to teach concepts that they can use as they grow and mature, not only on the soccer field, but more importantly, in real life."


The United States Youth Soccer Association celebrated its 37th Anniversary this year. According to its website, youth soccer grew from 100,000 players in 1974 to 1-million players in the early 90's. Today, US Youth Soccer registers over 3.2-million players annually, ranging from ages 5-19. No doubt, many members of today's hotel sales teams played soccer when they were younger. And if they had a coach like Spencer Ward, then they have been subliminally exposed to basic business principles as early as kindergarten. How can we leverage those early coaching strategies to our benefit when assembling an invincible hotel sales team? I asked Spencer to collaborate on a list that will help give you a competitive advantage.


1. Building a team. Spencer and I spent much more time discussing the importance of building a good team than we did discussing winning and losing. A team may be a group, but a group is not necessarily a team. According to Barbee Davis, "Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his/her strengths and minimize his/her weaknesses. Team members need to learn how to help one another, help other team members realize their true potential, and create an environment that allows everyone to go beyond their limitations." Spencer emphasized the fact each team member brings a different dynamic to the group. "It's the coach's responsibility to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each individual, both physically and mentally, and then to place them in the right positions to succeed." According to the position played, some players get the ball less often than others, yet each team member is vitally important to the execution of the play. A well-rounded team has bench strength acquired through targeted development of alternate players with an objective of seamless substitution.



Tip of the Month :

Effective Communication



Communication is the most important aspects of your many coaching duties. To make your season easy to manage. Do not be afraid to communicate early with your parents. During your first meeting with the parents you must include the following: 

  • 24 hour rule. If you have a criticism please address it 24 hours after the game or match with me.
  • Buddy System. I and my coaching staff will never be alone with any of the athletes.
  • Drugs. We will not tolerate drug abuse.
  • Positive in the stands. Demonstrate positive behavior as a fan.
  • Team rules. Both parents and athletes have signed
  • Injuries. We will not practice or play our athletes until approval from a qualified physician or trainer

           I hope that there are tips in the above that will help you become an effective coach. Talk it over with your staff,

athletes, parents and administrators. An effective coach is a great communicator.


Coach Tom Van Buskirk



The Secrets of Tebow Hatred    
Tim Tebow / GQ Magazine

Hoping that the hero stumbles in terms of personal integrity seems cruel, but it's more acceptable to expect onfield performance that gives evidence of mortality. 

By MICHAEL MEDVED . Wall Street Journal Online


The NFL is generously stocked with forgiven felons, including millionaire wife beaters and dog killers. So how did a clean-living quarterback with deep commitments to charitable service and miraculous last-minute victories become the most controversial player in the league?

Fran Tarkenton on Denver quarterback Tim Tebow and whether God helps teams win.

It's easy to see why legions of loyalists lavish love on 24-year-old Tim Tebow, who leads his underdog Denver Broncos in a crucial playoff game against the New England Patriots on Saturday night. Yet other fiercely focused fans feel no hesitation at expressing their contempt and loathing for a remarkable athlete whose behavior on field and off exemplifies the values of hard work, fearlessness and concern for the downtrodden.

A popular website called serves as a clearinghouse for denunciations, while Jeff Darlington of got a big response for a survey on what offended fans most about the Broncos quarterback. An Orlando, Fla., radio station (WJRR) used crude language promoting a public campaign to terminate Mr. Tebow's well-advertised virginity and to break his pledge to save himself for marriage. Bill Maher, acerbic tribune of "Real Time" on HBO, got into the holiday spirit last month by celebrating a Denver loss and tweeting: "Wow. Jesus just f---- #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve!" Novelist and blogger Drew Magary proudly declares on the sports website "Not only is it OK to root against Tim Tebow, it's practically your duty as cynical Americans."

Of course, much of the resentment centers on the young star's outspoken association with evangelical Christianity. He's the home-schooled son of Baptist missionaries, and his well-advertised habit of dropping to one knee and lowering his head in prayer has given rise to a convenient new word in the national vocabulary-"tebowing."


In response, "Saturday Night Live" featured a Dec. 18 skit with Jesus himself (played by Jason Sudeikis) urging Mr. Tebow to "take it down a notch." And certainly some of his admirers have run out of bounds with their messianic enthusiasms.

For example, when Mr. Tebow beat mighty Pittsburgh with an 80-yard toss on the first play of last weekend's overtime playoff game, statistics showed he'd gained a total of 316 passing yards in the game. Among his fans this evoked John 3:16, the favorite Biblical verse-"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son"-that Mr. Tebow inscribed in the black paint under his eyes when he played quarterback at the University of Florida. Moreover, emails made the rounds among Orthodox Jews connecting Mr. Tebow's heavenly achievement to their own tradition: Since Hebrew scans from right to left, the passing number he achieved should have read 613, not 316-and 613, an important figure in Judaism, marks the precise number of commandments in the Torah.


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Tom Van Buskirk
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