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ERIC Number: EJ931567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Teach to Compete
Shields, David Light; Funk, Christopher
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n5 p8-11 May-Jun 2011
After years of working with athletes and coaches of all ages, the authors have come to the conclusion that young people need to be taught how to compete. Rather than assume students understand competition, it is vital that they are educated about it. Coaches and physical educators have both a unique opportunity and profound responsibility to teach two things--what competition is, and what it is not. How can coaches and physical educators teach the meaning and value of true competition? How can they lead programs that will support positive values and human solidarity rather than divisiveness? Without claiming to be comprehensive, the authors offer several suggestions for getting started: (1) Understand true competition; (2) Unmask the impostor: decompetition; (3) Teach respect for partners; (4) Focus on excellence; and (5) Aim for enjoyment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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