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Positivity Means No Matter The Circumstance, Athletes Know You Love Them

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Jamie Young, a 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Winner, coaches football at St. Mary’s School (Medford, OR) (@StMarysMedford). Young focuses on capitalizing on the short time he has to influence players before they leave St. Mary’s, less in terms of winning games than in becoming “strong, confident young men, who make good decisions."

Young's definition of positivity is making sure his players understand that they are loved no matter what. This allows the players to have the confidence to take risks and even allow themselves to fail at times, which is necessary in order to progress. The most important thing is making sure that there is never a question about whether they are cared about.