is important for youth athletes to know how to both win and lose gracefully.
They almost certainly will have both experiences and can often learn more from
losing than from winning.
For example, a loss can awaken your child to flaws in his or her game that
otherwise may have gone overlooked. Losing also can help renew a commitment to
mastering a sport, and it can help players recognize any lapse in intensity of
their practice, conditioning or mental focus. Most importantly, losing in
sports can help children deal with the inevitable setbacks they will face in
other aspects of life.