How Sports Parents Can Motivate Kids Without Pressuring Them + MORE

How Sports Parents Can Motivate Kids Without Pressuring Them + MORE

Top 10 Nutritional Snacks for Athletes

Every athlete likes to snack…do you know what the best nutritional snacks for athletes are? If you really want to help your athlete play his or her best, you have to help them choose the right fuel they put into their bodies. I’m no food expert, so I asked for help on the best nutrition.... More »

SPORTS PARENTING TRENDS: Are Kids Born with Grit…Or Do They Learn it?

There’s a major New York Times best-selling book that was published about two months ago, and it has the simple title of GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. The author is Dr. Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology  at the Univ of Penn who has studied this trait – grit — for .... More »

How to Deal with a Negative Coach + MORE

If your child has ever been coached by a negative coach, you have probably been tempted to fight fire with fire. If he’s a yeller, you want to chew him out. If he’s critical, you want to be critical about him being critical. If he focuses more on the mistakes of the team than on...Read&#.... More »
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Getting Recruited for College Sports: When Should It Begin? + MORE

The trend for kids to get recruited for college sports as early as middle school disturbs many youth sports experts. But there is no doubt that kids have a better chance of playing in college if they plan ahead. The question is, how early is too early? According to Athnet, a college recruiting site,.... More »

How Parents and Coaches Can Help Cut Down on Concussions + 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. Th.... More »
As a coach you have an incredible amount of power to influence your athletes in a positive way, both in terms of their sportsmanship and generally as human beings.
MOTIVATION is a key element of this process.
Doing it wrong – by yelling, intimidation, humiliation, or other ineffective tactics – will only create negativity, fear, and frustration, setting your team up for eventual failure and possibly creating a terrible experience that’ll turn off your athletes from ever pursuing sports again…

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Lisa Cohn here from The Ultimate Sports Parent. Just yesterday, my 7-year-old told me he didn’t want to go to gymnastics. He said he didn’t like doing the warm-up exercises and wasn’t going to go any more.
But I know he loves his gymnastics class…
I had a few options here. One, tell him he had committed to the class and had to go…

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Woo! On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills announced that Kathryn Smith would be their next quality control-special teams coach, making her the NFL’s first full-time coach ever. We’ve written about female opportunities at the major league level before, including Jen Welter and Becky Hammon, but this may be the biggest step yet…

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All month, we’ve been asking our coaches, athletes, and parents to submit their stories that best represent the #CoachUpWay. Although the responses poured in, there can only be one selected winner for this first edition! Below, you’ll meet our friend, Stepan, a full-blooded Russian dominating the courts out in California…

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