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One of these experts is Tina Syer (@tinasyer4), the former President at Positive Coaching Alliance. Syer played Division I field hockey at Stanford University, where she graduated with honors and was named an Academic All-America. Her coaching experience includes seasons at the high school, college and Olympic Development levels.

Feeling pressure from your parents to excel in sports? In this video clip, Syer talks about how both athletes and parents can improve the situation. The most important thing is to focus on the ELM Tree of Mastery – Effort, Learning and Mistakes are OK. This approach to sports will give athletes a sense of control as they develop. Parents should also approach development through this lens, feeling proud of their children just for giving 100% effort.

Syer also recommends that athletes talk to their parents if they are feeling pressured, and figure out a way to get onto the same page and feel supported regardless of performance.