How Parents and Coaches Can Help Cut Down on Concussions + MORE

How Parents and Coaches Can Help Cut Down on Concussions + MORE

WOC #11 Jon Gordon, Best Selling Author and Leadership Expert, on The Power of Positivity

Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 17 books includin.... 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 »

Why Praise is Not Always Good + MORE

In this culture of positivity, we’ve gone a tad overboard with the importance of praise. Here’s why it needs to be balanced with some critiquing… Are you struggling with a specific problem in your parenting? Do you feel like you’ve hit a wall and just don’t know how to .... More »

10 Signs You are a Stressed Out Sports Parent

Having kids in sports does not automatically turn you into a stressed out sports parent. In fact, I’ve known many parents who know how to enjoy the experience without letting it turn them into crazed moms and dads. Families with multiple kids playing multiple sports are more prone to the stres.... 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 »
On September 13, 2016, coaches and youth sports leaders around the world will participate in Team Up Day, a day designed to focus on cutting down on youth sports concussions. The straightforward, but powerful goal of Team Up Day is to make sure as many athletes as possible hear a simple speech. The core message of that…

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Respect for Officials
By Doug Abrams
Late last month, The Oklahoman carried a thoughtful op-ed article by Mike Whaley, the Director of Officials for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The OSSAA is the membership organization that supervises and regulates the state’s interscholastic sports programs…

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