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1 IL- IIII I!1 IIIII III i Long: 00or,.ds' sa,e, [ -O00i-NDE-PENDENT Volunteer coaches a break . by a and for. play. season of again, a postseason coaches bad - .Farents who feel if their child time or points. We and about us; deci- no prac- anecdotes of COnduct among closest sup- placards for complain- help the kids up for this Only e kids increasingly Somewhere endured by lost per- manners. And it which I child on the who are People __ to let and nega- a bane to the are wonder- Phone calls; they car- regard - or minutes : of I- re-but-I-trust_ But it par- (or rather, to cause a an other- team. m almost 10 life lessons Sportsmanship are toppled by of peev- can't see a screen score Yt play+ say some- that I can praise of improve- SCreen down Your team- loose ball! them that we other out; and we all another in team! , and I under- and I is a new and friend- and that there leave founda- about team- where backpacks time or at practice or so-and- f th "-OUncil It is at this point that a parent can decide whether to reinforce my stack of cards or blow it apart altogether. A parent can decide here: Do I teach her how to complain or do I teach her how to be a member of a team? In his book "The Young Athlete," Bill Burgess lays out his Ten Commandments for Parents of Athletic Children. I've adapted some and created others in light of my own experiences w'ith youth coaching over the years. Here are a few: Be a source of positive reinforce- ment for your child. Make sure that win or lose, play or not, you appreci- ate your child's effort not only in games but in practice. Praise her even if the progress she makes is not visible to your cronies in the stands. Teach her to enjoy the simple thrill of com- petition, of being a member of a team, of being out there giving it her best. Don't let your child get away with crying after a game because she didn't score enough points or play enough minutes. Send her back to her teammates to celebrate their success- es, however small they may seem. Again, reinforce the team aspect of the game. Explain that a team sport does not by definition mean that everyone scores the same number of points or plays the same number of minutes, or even excels at the same things. Go to parent meetings. Most coaches will explain "their philosophy and their rules for playing time. Some coaches limit playing time if practices are missed. Understand that the coach doesn't have a spreadsheet on the bench to calculate every player's min- utes, nor should she. Nor should you. As a parent, be a good example of sportsmanship and team spirit. Pick up )'our children on time. Make an effort to meet all the players on the team. Don't say negative things about either team's players or coaches in the stands or at home -- and don't let your child do it either. Help your child see the positives in every situation. After 10 years of coaching kids, I just might hang up my high-tops. Every year at this time I'm usually asking myself: Why do I bother? I love the game; I love the kids. But every year there is that parent who comes across the court at me with that look on his face. Who needs that? I don't give 10 hours of my week and a big chunk of my weekend to be sneered at by someone who doesn't know weakside help from a backdoor cut and can't even notice when his child accomplishes either. I'll try to be a good sport about it if these rules aren't abided by, but let's give it the old elementary school try and teach the kids the bigger picture, and give the volunteer coaches, who feel pummeled enough, a break. '98 JE Wrangler S Hardtop - A/C 34,000 mile Grand Limited 11,000 mites 01 3500 01 3500 01 1500 01 1500 01 1500 00 1500 00 1500 00 2500 99 2500 99 2500 99 1500 99 1500 99 1500 99 1500 99 1500 99 1500 98 15O0 98 1500 98 1500 97 1500 96 1500 '99 CHRYSLER Town & Country Limited Heated Leather & All s13,985.., Quad Quad Quad Quad Quad Quad Quad Quad Farmers Union Elects Peterson State President The Minnesota Farmers Union chose state Representative Doug Peterson as its new president Saturday, in a special election. Peterson of Madison, a DFL farmer and former teacher, received 61.7% ii  of the vote in his contest with State Representative Ted Winter, DFL farmer of Fulda, for the state Farmer's Union top elected office. "It will be a big job but I think I'm up to it," said Peterson, 53, who has farmed for 25 years and served six two-year terms in the State Legislature. Peterson replaces Dave Frederickson, who was elected presi- dent of the National Farmers Union on March 3. During the interim, Vice President Dennis Sjodin has handled Frederickson's duties. Peterson will serve until November, when he will seek a full two-year term as Farmers Union president. Peterson said he will not seek re-election to the State Legislature. He said as FU president he will be lobbying for family farmers and seek- ing to educate city folks on the value of farmers remaining independent. 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