Please forgive me if I have the word evacuate on my mind; I’ve been hearing it a lot lately here in Southwest Florida. When to evacuate has been a huge topic of discussion ever since we got wind of Hurricane Irma’s coming. Did you evacuate? Where did you evacuate to? How long were yo.... More »
Perfectionism In Young Athletes
We recently received a note from a parent about how her 10-year-old’s high expectations lead her to give up when faced with adversity.
This is common when a child, like this softball player, has achieved success. She has pitched many perfect games, including at sta.... More »
Communicating With Other Sports Parents
A parent asks, “How do you talk to other parents about being good sports parents?”
This is a good question.
Too often, well-meaning sports parents are too loud on the sidelines, argue with the refs and coaches, and overall, set bad examples for their chil.... More »
How Can Parents Help Athletes Have Fun?
A sport parent asks:
“My 5-yr-old niece is playing softball and right now she is experiencing issues of not wanting to bat with fear of getting out. It’s real bad and embarrassing, she keeps crying and having tantrums in the dugout. Also today after f.... More »
The response to Doug Abram’s column last week regarding “coaches who apologize” generated a remarkable number of downloads and hits, and that interest continued this AM on my radio show.
The general consensus was that — especially with younger athletes (10 and under) — .... More »
A while back, I was having dinner with a group of friends. Most were married, but there were a handful of singles. Somehow the discussion turned to the frequency of married sex. The conversation was driven by the singles who were curious. How many times a week? How many times a month? They had heard of married couples not having sex and couldn’t imagine it…
To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow. When it comes to a child’s athletic skills, parental objectivity goes right out the window. You are either too easy or too hard, and I’m guessing that the tendency for most parents is to err on the side of over-rating their kid’s abilities, rather than under-rating…
Wright Thompson of ESPN the Magazine is a great magazine sportswriter—or, to use the current term, which I don’t like, longform sportswriter.
Thompson talks about his career and craft as part of the Still No Cheering in the Press Box series at the University of Maryland journalism school’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism…