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Constructive Side Lines

May 01, 1996|DAWN BONKER

Ball fields are not opera houses. No one wants to sit quiet as a mouse, waiting until the end to cheer. But be positive, not instructional or ready to point out every error, says Darrell Burnett, a clinical and sports psychologist from Laguna Niguel.

Some suggestions for parents and coaches to say:

* Good for you!

* You figured that out fast.

* You're getting better every day.

* Niki, Wonderful!

* Good thinking.

* Way to go!

* Keep working on it; you're getting better.

* I'm proud of the way you played today.

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