5 Things Coaches Need to Teach Their Captive Audience

5 Things Coaches Need to Teach Their Captive Audience

COMMUNICATING WITH THE PARENTS: Part II of Doug Abrams’ Experiences as a Youth Hockey Coach + MORE

 Using Email to Communicate With the Team’s Parents (Part 2) By Doug Abrams Part 1 of this three-part column urged community youth league coaches to consider using email to share observations and explanations with parents before, during, and after the season. The Part provided emails that I, as h.... More »

The End of an Era: When a Child Abandons a Sport

This guest post by Laura Amann was originally posted a few years ago on this site, but it is worth a read again.  My days of gymnastics are over. So are my long hours at the gym. My nervousness and anxiety. It’s all in the past. No more ponytails woven with ribbons, no more glitter spray, no mor.... More »
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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes + MORE

Superheroes are defined as “benevolent fictional characters with superhuman powers, such as Superman.” Well, maybe it’s time to expand that definition to include non-fictional folks, and specifically, Shavarsh Karapetyan. Here is Karapetyan’s story. The world has seen many gr.... More »
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It’s Time to End the Sideline Sportsanity + MORE

As soon as I stepped out of my car in the parking lot, I could hear it. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon of travel soccer, but there it was. You know what I’m talking about: that sometimes beautiful, often times excruciating cacophony of sounds that we have come to know as “cheering for our.... More »

WOC #15 Julie Foudy, Two-Time World Cup Champion and ESPN Analyst, on Choosing to Matter

Julie Foudy is a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist. She played for the United States women’s national soccer team from 1987–2004. Foudy finished her international career with 271 caps and served as the team’s captain from 2000–2004 as well as th.... More »
Coaches, you have a captive audience every season that you decide to take on the challenge of turning a group of individuals into a team. Your players are captive because in order to make the team, and in order to play, they must listen to you and do as you instruct. As a coach, this could be…Read More
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