ABUSIVE SPORTS PARENTS: More on the Alarming Exodus of Game Officials, Refs, and Umpires

ABUSIVE SPORTS PARENTS: More on the Alarming Exodus of Game Officials, Refs, and Umpires

Cardinal Pride: Reflections of a St. Louis Cardinals Fan

On a sweltering summer day in 1960, my father parked our family station wagon and led my mother, my sisters, and me through the front gates of Sportsman’s Park, then the hallowed home of the St. Louis Cardinals. First Day at the Ballpark Until that day, I had known the Cardinals only from the box .... More »

2018 Sports Nutrition Update from the American College of Sports Medicine

Staying on top of the latest sports nutrition information is a challenge. That's why I attend the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM is a professional organization for sports medicine doctors and health-care providers, sport dietitians, exercise physiologists and.... More »
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The Game When My Son Struck out 3 Times, and What I Learned + MORE

There are moments in a sports parent’s life that are embedded in your heart and memory so deeply that they will always move you when you think of them. One of those moments for me was when my 4th-grade son–who is now 28–struck out three times in a playoff little league game. As the.... More »

TRENDS IN SPORTS: Why is Soccer Declining at the Youth Level?

On the morning of the World Cup championship, the New York Times decided to run an article about the declining numbers of American kids aged 6-12 playing soccer in this country. According to research conducted by the Sports and Fitness Association, which has run surveys sports for years, soccer enro.... More »

You Might be Embarrassing Your Child if….

Are you unintentionally embarrassing your child? Any sports parent who uses humiliation or embarrassment to try to motivate an athlete is barking up the wrong tree. In an article by Dr. Chris Stankovich, founder of Advanced Human Performance Systems, an athletic counseling and human performance enh.... More »
Following up on Doug Abram’s excellent column from earlier this week, the simple question is: what happens if we can’t find enough refs to work our kid’s games?
Mind you, this was never really a concern a generation ago….why? Because back in the day, you never heard about refs, or umpires, or officials being physically threatened or verbally abused by parents at the games…

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