12 Signs That a Sports Parent Needs to Take 2 Steps Back + MORE

12 Signs That a Sports Parent Needs to Take 2 Steps Back + MORE

What to Look for in Your Kids’ Sports Drink

What’s the best kids’ sports drink for your child to consume? There are so many that claim to be the best, how’s a parent to know? Let’s start with a simpler question: are sports drinks even necessary? A couple of weeks ago, I was one of the speakers at the Elite Soccer Summi.... More »

ALL STAR SERIES Sports Parenting Podcast Begins with a Discussion on Travel Sports + MORE

To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow. Welcome to my All Star Podcasting Series! Episode #1 This 10-week series features 10 indepth podcast discussions with some of my best past podcast guests. In my other podcasts, we touched on some of these subjects, but I want to go deeper, ask hard.... More »

SOCIAL MEDIA CONCERNS: The Inherent Dangers of Social Media for Young Athletes

Tom Pincince is a long-time assistant director of athletics at Central Connecticut State University. A former three-sport athlete and college football player, he has been involved in sports for much of his life. But along the way – especially because he has three young daughters 0  he has qui.... More »
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Why Pregame Mental Prep is Critical for Athletes + MORE

Pregame Mental Preparation For Young Athletes Just before a game or competition, kids need to be as mentally ready as possible. However, it’s hard to do this when kids feel anxious, distracted, worried or tense about what’s about to happen. This can undermine kids’ performance and con.... More »

6 Ways to Give Your Athletes the Gift of Independence

Happy Independence Day! We celebrate this day in remembrance of our country breaking free from the control of Britain. But as parents, we struggle with the whole independence thing in our kids because our desire to be involved in their lives often keeps us from giving them the space to become autono.... More »
NCAA Lacrosse Final Four Previews To many, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America — not soccer, not Ultimate, not anything. And yet, it can still be majorly difficult to find it on TV or in the mainstream media. However, if you’ve ever been interested in getting into this wonderful, fast-paced sport, this weekend […] The post NCAA Lacrosse Final Four Previews appeared first on CoachUp Blog.

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You don’t have to be a crazy sports parent to be a little too invested in your child’s youth sports experience. I was never seen as a whacko parent, but there were definitely times when I sensed that I was taking my kids’ games way too seriously. When I was thinking clearly enough to see…

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Slumps and repetitive performance problems are a natural and terribly frustrating part of any sport. They can sometimes drive coaches to distraction and athletes into quitting or early retirement!
Unless you can learn to constructively handle times when you fall into a slump or suddenly have problems performing in your sport, you’ll have a difficult time reaching your full potential…

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 A New Canadian Report Holds Lessons For American Youth Sports
By Doug Abrams
In early May, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) wrote a series of articles about Sport & Belonging, a new report that spotlights excesses that mark many youth sports programs in that nation. The report’s influence should not stop at the border because similar excesses mark many youth sports programs in the United States…

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