Help Your Young Athlete PAY ATTENTION! + MORE

Help Your Young Athlete PAY ATTENTION! + MORE

Getting Recruited: What College Coaches Want You to Know About Your Child and College Sports + MORE

This post on Getting Recruited is Part 6 of a 6-part series What Your Child’s Sports Coach Wants You to Know, sponsored by TeamSnap, a company that does its very best to give parents, coaches, and teams a tool that will facilitate clear and consistent communication.    For many young athl.... More »
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Stress Relief for Families with ADHD: The Value of Mindfulness + MORE

The concept of stress relief has far greater implications for families with ADHD than it might seem. That’s because parenting a child with ADHD is demanding, with its impact on parents often underappreciated. There is a common insinuation that ADHD is not “real.” Some people think parents just.... More »

LEGAL CONCERNS: Why are Artificial Turf Fields Falling Apart So Quickly?

Over the last couple of weeks, Matt Stanmyre and his colleague Chris Baxter of NJAdvanceMedia (NJ.com) unleashed a series of investigative columns examining why so many hundreds of HS, college, and local park and rec fields — all covered with beautiful lush green artificial turf – is see.... More »

INNOVATIONS: Why Not Set National Benchmarks so that Athletes Can See How They Match Up?

In today’s column, I’m going to make a strong suggestion and try to make a case that perhaps there’s a better way to raise our kids in sports than what we’re currently doing. Now, admittedly, this is something of a radical approach. I’m the first to admit that. But the truth is…..... More »

WOC #13 Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport + MORE

Author of Women in Sports Coaching, Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota where she is also the Co-Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and the co-fou.... More »
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As most of you know, I do a number of speaking appearances each year on the topic on the topic of sports parenting. And as part of my preparation, I invariably talk first with the host or organizer who invited me to get a better sense of what their unique concerns are…

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Does your young athlete PAY ATTENTION? Kids have a knack for not paying attention. Whether in school, at practice, or at home, they often  let their minds wander away from whatever it is they are supposed to be focused on. Maturity, however, will help them outgrow the tendency to be easily distracted by shiny objects…

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