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Encourage participation in multiple sports and physical activities.Participating in multiple sports develops physical and attentional skills, can help avoid burnout or overuse injuries that come with specialization, and can enhance athleticism and performance in each respective skill/sport.

Try to keep practices/games/classes focused on skill development and overall understanding. Youth at these ages still have short attention spans, so keep concepts simple and effective. Encourage questions to facilitate understanding, nurture competitiveness, and put an emphasis on development, learning, and participation. Winning should be important but not the most important or only goal. Plan from a growth minded perspective; there’s always something to learn.