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The Importance Of Positivity In Youth Sports Culture

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Noah Jackson co-founded the First Base Foundation in 2003, a non-profit dedicated to making travel baseball more affordable and transforming lives through positive mentorship, developing leadership skills and building self-esteem. He played college baseball at University of California Berkeley, minor league baseball for two years with the Chicago Cubs, and was a top scout in the MLB for 3 years with the San Diego Padres.

In this video, Jackson explains why it is so important for coaches to be positive. Many kids quit sports at a young age because of negative experiences. Coaches can be intentional about creating a positive culture that is healthier and more fun for the athletes.

Jackson urges coaches to show the athlete that even when they fail they can still learn something. He believes coaches need to be especially positive in teachable moments so young athletes are not overwhelmed with the sometimes difficult path to improvement.