Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 12/19/12
How Can My Game Get Better? Dad shows his player how to shoot the 3 ball over a tree branch on the sidewalk hoop. The same dad showed his son how to shoot at the State Fair one year and air-balled-ten-in-a-row. Mom posts up in the street-chalked paint. She stuns her player with the sort of pivot moves Dwight Howard needs. Together they grow basketball each year their kids start on a new team. From third grade to senior year they join friends old and new on the court. Youth sports enhance the joy of the game for kids. The outcome isn't important, but everyone still keeps score. After each game, one question stays the same. People ask it even when they feel they shouldn't: "Which team scored the most points?" Grandma asks. "Who won?" asks Aunt Audrey. If you find yourself in a conversation with a youth sports parent who insists winning and losing aren't important, be a good listener. If you add anything, make it about education and the real ...
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