Intentional positive interaction is a concept that creates the ultimate environment of success for individual athletes and teams. This environment is created by all participants within the life of the athlete through a culture of properly defining success and fully understanding how athletics has a role within the life of the individual.
The key is to educate the support team of coaches, parents, family members, other athletes, and friends to interact with the athlete in an intentional manner where the athlete is empowered to find success within all aspects of their life. This empowerment process through athletics leads to an environment that features Master Coach John Wooden’s definition of success as its backbone:
“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
This environment features the following ideas:
Positive communication from support group
Effective building of personal relationships within support group
Pursuing success without fear of failure
An emphasis on fun, skill development, and personal improvement over winning games
The ability to provide critical feedback when necessary
Teaching leadership skills that cross over into all aspects of life
Respectful and responsible behavior from all individuals
A boost to the participants self-esteem and confidence
Over the course of future posts, I will further expand upon the ideas of intentional positive interaction and how this focused process produces the environment of success.
By Brad Nein, a youth sport executive, writer of the blog EducatedCoaches.com, the Chief Executive Officer of Storm Soccer Academy in Savannah, GA, and a Sport Management Doctoral student currently writing his dissertation. Brad’s vast experiences within creating and administering successful, cohesive, and lasting youth sport programs will be invaluable to all readers.