Can Sports Improve Young Athletes’ Self-Esteem? + MORE

Can Sports Improve Young Athletes’ Self-Esteem? + MORE

Don’t Turn Your Young Athlete Into a Mini Me + MORE

“Dad, am I a disappointment to you?” My son asked, choking back tears. I stopped dead in my tracks. We were walking out of a local amusement park on our way to the car. We had spent the day at the park to bond. It seems the plan backfired. I gathered myself. Inside I was The post Don’t Tur.... More »

LEGAL CONCERNS: Residency Rules in School Districts Need to be Crystal Clear + MORE

What in the world is going on with the Wayne Hills HS football program over in NJ? For those of you in NJ who already follow HS football, chances are you already know the story. But for everyone else, let me see if I can summarize this briefly. The Wayne Hills football team — which is a large .... More »

What to do When Two Kids Win…AND Lose At the Same Time

What do you do when two kids win–and lose–at the same time? If you’ve ever had two children playing in the same game, match or event, it can be a tangle of emotions for mom and dad. Especially if one young athlete places at the top, and the other near the bottom. Since my kids ar.... More »
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How Parents Can Encourage Kids Without Pressure

How to Avoid Pressuring Young Athletes A sports parent asks: “When should children be encouraged to push through the hard times and when is it okay for them to just take a break?” At a certain point in your children’s athletic careers, all parents must ask themselves this questionR.... More »
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Help Your Kids Avoid Sports Drop Out + MORE

How Parents Can Help Kids Stay in Sports More then 70 percent of children drop out of organized sports by the time they are 15. As sports parents, it’s up to you to try to keep sports as fun and stress-free as possible to avoid having kids drop out. The number one reason your kids will quit sport.... More »
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Do Sports Help Self-Esteem?
A sports parent writes:
“My 12-year-old has always had low-self confidence and low self-esteem. My hope was that a competitive sport (baseball for us) could help him develop these but so far results (four years into the mission) are negative to neutral at best. How do you evaluate if competitive sports are just not going to work, neutral, or all systems go for helping kids develop confidence and self-esteem?”
Often, sports parents and kids confuse self-confidence and self-esteem in youth sports

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Has bullying touched your home? Perhaps your child has come home in tears because he’s been the victim, or maybe she’s disturbed because a teammate is being bullied.  In this weeks post by Jessica Kane of SteelLocker Sports, she shares 5 weapons for parents and coaches to use in fighting the war against bullying…

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