How the right parent involvement can make our job as coaches easier: You don't have to be a professional athlete to understand the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of sports. If you have ever participated in an organized athletic competition, on essentially any level, you have experienced the impact of athletics. The joy of winning, of hitting the game winning shot or even the sinking feeling of making a mistake or losing, are powerful emotions that present opportunities to grow. In fact, it is very likely you can recollect one or two of those moments from your own youth, right? For many of us those memories are almost as vivid and alive as the moment they happened. How many years ago was that? These are powerful learning opportunities and memories.