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Youth sports rewards the early bloomers. Unfortunately, the lesson of puberty is, “Improvement is out of my control. The best I can do is get more sleep and wait for my testosterone to kick in.” This is the opposite of what teenagers need to learn to be successful later in life. Children like my son (pictured above) who compete at a developmental disadvantage when they are young, might wind up learning lessons that serve them well long into adulthood. We never cancelled — even when we had to shovel the snow off the infield, we practiced. (Photo by Dan Judd).

Never cancel.

One of the ways that I stayed close to and influential in the lives of my children when they were young was to volunteer to coach their sports teams.

In the part of the country where we lived when they were born, hockey and lacrosse were the two really big sports. But my wife had a policy about sports selection, and it went like…

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