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Welcome to Play for SMILES ?

Play for SMILES is a concept to encourage parents and kids to work together to ensure sports are FUN for the kids! After many, many, many years of playing sports, thanks to a wonderful (and patient) role model, I recently had that “ah-ha” moment when I processed that SMILES are significantly more impactful than lectures!

Although, smiling instead of lecturing is not natural for me, I want to pay this “Play for SMILES” lesson forward to my kids. Understanding that it will be difficult to retrain my natural instincts, I wanted to create a support community to help me learn; and hopefully others will join me in my quest to SMILE more and lecture less!

We’re just getting started; however, we’re looking forward to building out our community through various “SMILE” reminders, tools and “venting” outlets. Please let us know your thoughts on what would help you SMILE more!

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Quarantine

Today kids are stuck at home which is causing some to quit. In my own experience I have realized that it is not a steady even path, and some times life tries to bring you down to put resistance to come back up but most don't realize that when they get brung down...

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Sophia Smith ... 19-year-old Stanford Phenom

Source:  SB Nation article "Meet Sophia Smith, the 19-year-old phenom who’s the future of NWSL and the USWNT" Initial Reaction:  I think it is cool how Sophia Smith's combination of talents is so rare that the Portland Thorns were willing to give up a US national team player for her.  The...

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"You don't have to be a Bully to Win"

SOURCE:  CBS interview of "Coach Val" ... UCLA's legendary gymnastics coach (22 regional championships, 7 NCAA championships, 4 coach of the year awards) INITIAL REACTION:  I had no idea that she was initially so mean!  LESSON:  She demonstrated how important it is to listen, learn and adapt.  I don't think she...

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