Top 10 Character Traits to Instill in our Young Athletes

| October 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

After informally surveying approximately 50 individuals, including athletic parents, collegiate athletes and coaches from all different sports and levels, these were the top 10 lessons to emphasize and pass down to our young athletes.

1)   Do your best; No one can ask you anything more than to give it your all.

2)   Train hard and you will feel the reward.

3)   Maintain healthy attitudes when it comes to both winning and losing

4)   Its not over until the clock reads zero – don’t give up

5)   Have fun

6)   Respect and listen to your coach

7)   Play fair; Play with integrity

8)   Maintain a positive attitude

9)   Never blame anyone but yourself

10)  Learn from your mistakes

It certainly would not hurt for all of us, athlete or not, to review these simple lessons; they apply as much to life in general as to life on the field or court.

As always, look forward to your feedback.

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Category: girls, New Posts, Parenting, teens, tweens

About Barb Lazarus: Barb Lazarus is the owner and founder of Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls, multi-week summer sports day and overnight camps just for girls. ( With a mission that includes empowerment through exposure to and development in a multitude of sports, girls of all athletic abilities, grades preschool through 10th, experience hours of pure fun with the opportunity to grow as an athlete and a person. Barb graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1982) and a J.D. from Loyola School of Law (1985), after which she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago office. She went on to grow her own thriving media relations business for over 12 years before shedding her corporate clothing to pursue her dream – Game On! – and the chance to give back to girls sports. Barb is also the author of Game On! Sports Girl Talk,, a blog addressing issues relating to the participation of young girls in sports and fitness, and a proud partner of the Women Talk Sports Network and Pretty Tough Media. Barb is the proud mother of two, a lifelong athlete, and just plain passionate about sports & fitness for young girls as well as contributing to the fan base of women’s pro and collegiate sports. View author profile.

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  1. I think that bit is also very important to teach kids how to be good sports fans. My father-in-law is a terrible fan and I think it teaches really negative sportsmanship to his grandchildren. He acts like he is personally being hurt when they play bad, vows to never watch again, sell his tickets, yells about how terrible they are…. What does that teach our kids?

    There is a difference between a passionate fan and a negative fan.

  2. Lisa: Your father-in-law exemplifies the perfect “bad fan.” Sorry you have to go through that and your point is very well taken.

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