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Dan Cottrell said:
Excellent article because it highlights the key points about failure:
> You never fail if you want to try again
> Frame failure - kids fail when they play computer games, but continue to play them...why? Because they know they can get there eventually
> You can be tough on failure as well as positive - oohs/aahs don't give you points, but they do give you signals for getting close

Highly recommend this piece to any coach. Sport is brilliant because you can lose one day and there's always next week. Failure is part and parcel of this and we need to know how to manage it properly. Learn from Andrew's approach.
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Wendy Russell said:
F.A.I.L means first attempt in learning!

I always praise the successful elements of the action. As children and adults we have educated people into seeing failure as a bad thing with assessments and testing! You haven't passed, you failed etc.

It has to be a a supportive and change in mind set shift for all; coaches, parents and children and athletes.

I always say to my young players and students (as a PE teacher) , "failure is one of the biggest elements to learning and we talk about why etc" I think if they understand why is helps them learn and develop resilience.

I use the example of the cross bar challenge with difficult boys. They will try for hours, why? Difficult skill! When you get it, it's great! If practice can do it more and more often! These elements are then taken into my coaching
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