How I Made Peace with My Child’s Lack of Playing Time

How I Made Peace with My Child’s Lack of Playing Time

COMMUNICATING WITH THE PARENTS: The Magic – and Power – of Email from Coaches

Using Email to Communicate With the Team’s Parents (Part One) By Doug Abrams  Community youth sports programs and their coaches increasingly seek to maintain open lines of communication with parents before, during, and sometimes even after the season. The term “transparency” is in vogue in p.... More »
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How to Stop Procrastinating? Draw on Your Personal Strengths!

Parents who would like to help their children learn how to stop procrastinating and start achieving their greatest goals are invited to share this article with them, and chat about it, too. It’s written to help children and teens understand and manage their avoidance behaviors. Hopefully it will .... More »

How to Defeat Sports Parenting Anxiety + MORE

Do you ever suffer from sports parenting anxiety? Just about every sports parent feels it, the anxiousness in the pit of your stomach when you’re worried about your child. I’ve felt it many times in 22 years of sports parenting. There were times when my son was a senior quarterback that .... More »

Marriage and Youth Sports: Can They Be Teammates?

Can your marriage and youth sports be teammates? Do you and your spouse argue over youth sports issues? Does he get way too competitive and put pressure on your child? Does she get way too protective and coddle your child? Are you frequently not on the same page when it comes to what’s best fo.... More »

COMMUNICATING WITH THE PARENTS: Part II of Doug Abrams’ Experiences as a Youth Hockey Coach + MORE

 Using Email to Communicate With the Team’s Parents (Part 2) By Doug Abrams Part 1 of this three-part column urged community youth league coaches to consider using email to share observations and explanations with parents before, during, and after the season. The Part provided emails that I, as h.... More »
Lack of playing time is a cause for extreme concern for many sports parents. I know it was for me. Worrying about playing time kept me awake at night, made my stomach upset and sometimes made me irritable and negative. I suppose if it happened every season with every child, I would have gotten used….

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