ABUSIVE PARENTS AND COACHES: What Happens When We Run Out of Refs?

ABUSIVE PARENTS AND COACHES: What Happens When We Run Out of Refs?
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Finding a Balanced Level of Involvement as a Sports Parent + MORE

How to Be a Supportive Sports Parent, Not a Pushy Sports Parent A sports parent asks: “How can I help my children really own their own sports experience?” Sports parents can sometimes forget that the sports experience should belong to their children. When parents are too intrusive, cont.... More »

4 Mindsets That Hold Your Child Back from Being a Leader

Do you get frustrated watching your child play because you wish they would be more assertive and become a leader in the game? Do you wonder what is holding your child back from being a leader? Chances are, your child doesn’t have a clear understanding of what leadership really is. In fact, t.... More »

VIDEO: Your Greatest Opponent as an Athlete + MORE

Athletes: your toughest opponent is YOURSELF! I'm all for striving to be the best you can be. But when you try to be perfect, then fail and beat yourself up, you're actually slowing your progress down. I explain more in this video.   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oiZ2HsDi50] .... More »

Why is Abusive Coaching Tolerated in Sports? + MORE

On May 29, 2018, University of Maryland lineman Jordan McNair ran the last sprint of his life. After a series of 110 yd runs, during which he became disoriented and had trouble standing, McNair collapsed and died of heat stroke. He had a body temperature of 106 degrees in the hospital. He was only 1.... More »

3 Tips for Handling Your Sports Parenting Emotions + MORE

The pressure and heat of competition bring out the best and the worst in athletes and parents. I’ve been amazed to see parents who always seem so calm, go berzerk at their child’s games. Kids are not the only ones who need to work on handling their emotions!   It’s easy for me.... More »
The Chronic Nationwide Referee Shortage and Its Safety Risks
By Doug Abrams
 “Everybody thinks [referees] should be perfect, so mom and dad start yelling at the officials. These officials don’t want to be berated all the time, so . . . they get out.”
— Mark Jones, Alabama High School Athletic Association, Director of Officials, January 2018…

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