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Why Kids Quit Sports


My mind went through all the reasons this might be happening: burnout, other interests, team dynamics, I was too hard on her, the gamut. What could it be?

It’s my dad. He loves me and I know he only wants the best for me, but he just can’t stop coaching me, in the car, and from the sideline each and every game. I can’t play when he is around, and he insists on coming to every game, every road trip, you name it. It’s like it’s more important to him than it is to me.”

Sadly, Kate’s story is a common one. It is a tale about well-intentioned parents whom want nothing but the best for their children. They love their kids; they just don’t always love them in a helpful way.

As I have stated here many times, 70% of children are dropping out of organized sports by the age of 13. Whenever I mention this sad statistic, people come out of the wood work saying that it’s only the kids who aren’t good enough to play that quit. They say it’s an age where school, jobs and other interests take precedence. These things are true and contribute to a part of the dropout rate, but they are not the entire picture.

Sadly, in our current state of youth sports, kids and families are asked to do more and more at younger and younger ages, especially the kids who show early aptitude in a sport. Many of these athletes, our most dedicated and talented ones, burnout and drop out as well.

If you are a parent or a coach, I believe it is critical that we have a good understanding of why kids play, and why they quit. It is also crucial that we have open lines of communication with our athletes, so we can spot some of the red flags and right the ship before it’s too late.

I believe there are five main reasons kids walk away from sports, and they all boil down to one common denominator: they cause kids to have a poor state of mind when it comes to sports. I hope you will look at each one of these scenarios and ask yourself “Is this my child?” If the answer is yes, then it is never too late to act and make a change.

If kids are on a team, and they never get to play meaningful minutes or get pulled out after any mistake, they are going to quit! Kids want to play. Kids need to play. It matters little to them how good their team is, or how famous their coach is, if they never get in and contribute to the team. A study by the Josephean Institute found that 90% of children would rather PLAY on a losing team then SIT THE BENCH on a winning team.

Our overemphasis on winning at younger ages is creating an all-star culture in elementary school sports that no longer allows children to develop at their own pace. When coaches focus solely on wins and losses, and only play the kids who will help the team win today, coaches drive so many kids out of sports who in the long run would ultimately be better players. If Major League Manager Mike Matheny could find playing time at all positions for his youth baseball team, you can too.

Solution: Coaches, if you pick them, you need to play them, especially at the youngest age groups. And parents, if your child is on a team but never plays meaningful minutes despite coming to all practices and games, ask your child if they are unhappy. If they are, find another team when your commitment is over. The college and professional sports world is full of athletes who were not star players at age 11; many of them were even on the dreaded “B” team. But they got to play, and as a result, they developed athletically, and grew to love the game. No youth trophy is worth not playing.

Kids tell us that one of the main reasons they quit is because they are afraid to make mistakes, because they get criticized, yelled at, benched, and more. This is why many kids would rather take part in kids pretend play then continue playing sports. Great players develop in environments where they do not fear mistakes, where they are encouraged to try and fail, and they are made to understand that failure is a necessary part of the development process. Coaches and parents who keep a running commentary going on the sideline, second guessing every decision and action players take, and yelling at players for trying their best and failing, create a culture of fear that drives players out of the game.

Scientist Study Host of Possible uses for Water


Earlier this year they made a breakthrough when they managed to overcome certain kinds of pulping problems and produced different kinds of paper and paper boards. However, the cost-benefit analysis of this method is still to be worked out.

Thygarajan explains that only the stalk is used in the new method. He says: “It is chopped into pieces three to five cms long and then cooked with chemicals in a five litre capacity stainless steel autoclave at temperatures of 120 to 130 degrees centigrade for about two hours.

The cooked material is washed with water and the pulp bleached with hypochlorite in two stages with an intermediate alkali wash. The pulp is then beaten into paper.” The paper with high water resistance shows appreciable strength, appearance and smoothness suitable for writing and printing.

Beside this, other varieties of papers and boards for use as file covers and cards can also be made satisfactorily in hand made paper units. However the tear and folding strengths are lower than those prepared with conventional raw materials. Thygarajan says the RRL process can be used in rural areas where water hyacinth is in abundance.

Paper making is only one of the potential uses of the water hyacinth. Under the Commonwealth project in which Bangladesh. Egypt, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka are also participating, each country has been assigned to examine different possible uses.

Besides studying the possibilities of making paper, India, along with Bangladesh and Fiji, is also studying the possibility of bio-gas production using different kinds of digestors.

Malaysia is investigating the role of water hyacinth in treating industrial effluents. The uncontrolled growth of the plant is the result of its extraordinary capacity to accumulate large amounts of nutrients and it is, therefore, an ideal biological filter of water. And it can absorb heavy metals like cadmium, nickel and mercury besides potent carcinogens and could also be used to concentrate and reclaim valuable metal.

Malaysian researchers have also reported that a regular cycle of pig and fish production is maintained by growing water hyacinth for use as pig feed and draining the washings from the pig stys into water to fertilise plant growth and increase the food chain base for fish as well.

Perhaps the most fascinating study is the water hyacinth’s potential as food for humans. A researcher in Florida discovered that hyacinth can be converted into a product that is high in crude protein, the leaves dried in an oven and ground into a light green powder which has a slightly spicy smell and a taste similar to tea.

Perhaps one of the most novel methods of control is being experimented with in Georgetown, Guyana. The manatee, a herbivorous aquatic mammal, is used to control the water hyacinth as well as other vegetation.

The use of plants and pathogens in biological control is being studied in Sri Lanka. But there are fears that biological control methods may not be feasible on a commercial scale.

There are experiences to show that eradication instead of solving environmental problems may actually bring about more acute problems associated with the eutrophication of natural waters. When water hyacinths were wiped out with herbicide in Lake Seminole it was soon replaced by another pest, the alligator weed.

Although substantial progress has been made in finding useful applications for the water hyacinth there is no denying that in many countries the plant is an environmental hazard. The plant still grows faster than it can be used and for the moment the only way of getting rid of it is to employ large numbers of people to remove it manually.

Tuning in for Long Distance Viewing


The viewing, in this manner, is made possible by a queer phenomenon in which the radio waves or signals from the transmitting station going into space get reflected from the higher layers of the atmosphere to points on the ground that are well outside the normal range of the transmitter.

These reflectors in the atmosphere are transient, forming under certain weather conditions to propagate the waves that reach it, so as to make the anomalous propagation an esoteric form for study by scientists, while providing the Dx-er a rare opportunity for long distance TV viewing.

TV Dx-er Kumar strives to receive signals from remote TV stations by using the mobile reflectors. The first of these reflectors is the troposphere, the lower part of the earth’s atmosphere, going up to a height of 25 km and in which temperature decreases with height. Here clouds form, especially in summer, and remain virtually stationary at night to reflect die waves reaching it from a TV transmitter. Even as it moves away when the sun rises and heats the troposphere, the waves or signals are ducted along the edge of the cloud. The higher the reflector, the greater is the distance between the points on ground between which the signals are transmitted and received.

Similarly from the E and F layers of the ionosphere, the upper atmosphere, 90 km and more above the earth, the signals are bounced back to the ground when patches of the layer get ionised sporadically, forming slow drifting clouds.

Kumar says when these sporadic E and F layer clouds move, sometimes as fast as 400 km per hour, the points between which they can reflect signals vary. Says he: “If one is tuned in and moves with the E and F layer cloud, a large number of stations can be picked up.”

The length of the signal hop is continuously changing, with the signals being received from transmitters closer or further away, depending on the direction in which the cloud moves. Signals can and have been known to hop from a transmitter to a viewer more than 6,000 km away.

Undampened Enthusiasm: A problem with these sporadic E and F layer reflectors is the forming of multiple images or ghosting. This happens because the reflections are from more than one part of the layer and the image appears smeared or with the characteristic flutter seen when tuning in to any station.

Kumar says: “Sometimes it is worse. Either sound or vision only can be picked up while the other fades out.” So, TV Dx-ers use a high gain video amplifier and low noise booster for better images.

“These are only the means,” says Kumar, “for the thrills of viewing life in far away places. Identifying stations is like solving a puzzle, for the test card put out by the TV station with definite patterns has to be matched with that in the International TV Handbook. For this the TV pictures are photographed. And if one picks up a station while a programme is being beamed, the captions, clocks or announcers help in easier identification of the station.”

The advent of communication satellites which make long distance TV viewing easier does not dampen the enthusiasm of Dx-ers. When the Applications Technology Satellite-6 was beaming programmes for the Indian Satellite Instructional Television Experiment in 1975-76, some Dx-ers in Europe rigged dish antennae and received the programmes.

Kumar, however, does not use such sophisticated techniques. He uses the work horse among directional antennae – Yagi. This summer he plans to set up a rhombic antenna which is useful over a wide band of frequencies.

Why Digital Marketing Is Important For A Startup Business


A startup business lacks big budgets for advertising purposes. On the other hand, they don’t have the resources as well. Hence, these businesses find it difficult to compete against the big boys in the industry. In fact, a startup has only big ideas and hard work to compete with the big businesses in the niche. A small business needs to compete for space in a sector where new companies are launched almost on a daily basis – which means a startup business has to undergo so many obstacles to carve out a niche of their own. In fact, they need to tackle all these challenges to succeed in the market.

The constantly changing behaviour of the customer also needs to be taken into consideration when operating a startup. If not, it is difficult to deliver what the target audience is expecting from your business. In fact, a startup business needs to survive in a market where some players spend millions of dollars on marketing their products and services. Luckily, getting started with ringless voicemail is a much more competitively priced way of kicking off your first marketing campaign. Being a startup among millions of other startups is not a pleasing situation at all. That is where digital marketing comes in handy. It helps a startup business make its presence felt in a highly competitive marketing environment. With the presence of the internet, a shoestring budget won’t prevent a startup business from realizing its goals and objectives in the long run.

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