Please excuse the shakiness of this video, but I made it last weekend as I drove across the country from Florida to Oregon with my son, helping him move to a new location. He’s a great young man, I believe in him, he’s strong and he will do well. But it sucks that it’s so very...R.... More »
I have long subscribed to a theory – and I will tell you up front I have no numbers or research to prove this – so it’s just a hunch – but over the years, I have witnessed too many top HS athletes go on to college with huge sports expectations….only to become disillusioned when they ar.... More »
Do Parents Expect Athlete to Not Make Mistakes?
Do your sports kids struggle with their composure or game after making mistakes? We receive this question a lot:
A coach asks:
“I coach a U16 girls team, and I find that while they are great athletically, they tend to fold under pressure and cru.... More »
Confronting a coach is not a habit that I advocate when a parent is unhappy with playing time, position, or even coaching strategy. But I know that there will be times when you feel you must do it anyway for one of those purposes, or even for a reason that has nothing to do with...Read More
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A week or so ago, there was an excellent in-depth article entitled EMPTY BASES in the March issue of NEW JERSEY Monthly Magazine (NJMonthly.com) that really deserves some discussion.
In short, the article focused on the growing and devastating impact that club teams are having on local youth and rec.... More »
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Madison, Minnesota’s Sainora Dokoche practices shooting the basketball religiously. As a high school freshman with Down syndrome, she practices at the school gym during lunch time.
Sainora at pre-game introductions
Special Needs Hoopster Gets Her Shot
The high school girls basketball coach Ryan Giles took notice and asked the 4’10” freshman to join the team…
Youth sports is full of people who suffer from the very subtle–or maybe not so subtle–syndrome of being a killjoy. Otherwise known as spoilsport, wet blanket, party pooper, and prophet of doom. Killjoys usually don’t recognize their own malady, so if you are reading this and saying, “I’m no killjoy!” then take a few minutes and see…
If we watch the news on a regular basis, it’s impossible to miss the strong attraction America has to stories featuring mayhem. The cliche: “If it bleeds, it leads” may be a huge generalization. But, too often, it seems to be the playbook by which news events are filtered. The fact is: Assault, murder, terrorism, and war always grab the headlines…