Everybody wants to win - it's only natural. But while winning is important, when it comes to young athletes development is the primary goal. The good news is that victory - in more ways than one - can and will take place when the child's development is put above all else. That includes properly developing their bodies and minds as well as their skills on the field.
Eating and drinking right is where it all begins. As a coach, as one of the adults these young athletes look up to, MAKE SURE TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER, not sugary sports drinks.