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Suzie Hoyt: How A Team Works Like A Puzzle

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Suzie Hoyt, a 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Winner, is a swim coach at Glastonbury High School (@GburyAthletics) in Glastonbury, CT. Suzie reinforces her values—and those she imparts to her athletes—with a motto she keeps on her office door written in Latin for “I will find a way or make one.”

On April 22, 2017, four national winners of PCA's Double-Goal Coach award—including Suzie Hoyt—took the stage at the 16th annual National Youth Sports Awards for a winners panel with FOX Sports' Steve Lavin. A Double-Goal Coach strives to win while teaching life lessons to youth in sports.

In this clip, Hoyt explains that a team is very comparable to a puzzle. She states that the different pieces making the puzzle, is the players from different backgrounds, and who players who play different roles on the team. Hoyt states that each player is of equal importance, therefore if one "puzzle piece" is missing it is not complete, and does not work. Every year, there are new pieces, and the picture changes but Hoyt states that there is one constant, "if you are missing one piece, it's not complete, it doesn't work".

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To lear more about PCA's National Youth Sports Awards and Suzie Hoyt, click here: http://positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/emotions-rise-at-youth-sports-awar...