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Lenore Williams

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Re: Boys Love, Not Just to Hit, But to Get Hit. Are Girls the Same?

Sep. 10 at 6:23pm | see this comment in context

As a practical matter, looking at brain research, this type of behavior is much more likely to produce brain damage than confidence.  I am appalled that my dad encouraged these activities (from the perspective of today's knowledge).  However, as a teacher of 40 years, I agree that boys love physicality and movement and competition.   This highlights different learning styles  for boys and girls.  Certainly similar experiences are important for boys In a safe environment.

I recall an article written by the Stanford Women's Swim Team coacth.  He was making the case that you need to take an entirely different approach to coachiing men/boys vs women/girls.  Coaching  boys you need to challenge them and knock them down a little.  They are almost always overconfident and secure un their abilities.  They need to learn how to loose and how to learn from losing.   Competition between teammates sprs growth.    Girls on the other hand tend to be critical of themselves and therefore need encouragement.  Coaches need to praise girls and give encouragement.  Focusing on the team and friendships and support of other girls j(as opposed to competition) also helps girls to improve.  If the coach is too critical, it can lead to girls leaving the sport.  

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