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This paper focuses on the relationship between sport involvement and effective and ineffective styles of coaching on the overall development of adolescent athletes. The self-esteem, self-perception, and mental development of adolescent athletes are both positively and negatively affected by their involvement and experiences on organized sports teams, and by the coaching they receive on those teams. Although sports have numerous benefits for children’s overall development, I will focus on these three specific areas of development.

I will first develop a background of the concept of organized sports teams and then follow with two subjects; sport participation and involvement, and coaching styles. In each section, I will discuss how self-esteem, self-perception, and mental development of the child athlete are affected in relation to each specific topic.