How the Hard Work of Youth Sports is Still Fun

How the Hard Work of Youth Sports is Still Fun

A Legacy Unrivaled – The Story of John Gagliardi + MORE

Imagine a college football coach that didn’t have his players tackling during practices, who didn’t blow whistles, and didn’t believe in wind sprints. The seniors on his team all shared the role of captain – which probably made for some nice resumes come job search time. An U.... More »
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Can We Shift the Paradigm in Youth Sports? + MORE

I was recently in Ohio for a family event. At this event, my father and his friends began sharing stories of their childhood. Everyone shared stories of their days of triumph on the sporting fields in their small Midwest town. As the event progressed, it evolved into a full on discussion about youth.... More »

Do Sports Parents Always Know What’s Best for their Kids? Not in These 4 Instances! + MORE

Sports parents, do you know what’s best for your athlete? If you’d asked me that question when I was raising three young athletes, I would have adamantly said YES. Of course I know what’s best for my children. I know them better than anyone; I understand their quirks, their weaknes.... More »
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Parents Who Have Different Objectives for Their Young Athletes + MORE

Helping Sports Parents Get on The Same Page With Athletes A sports parent asks: “I would like to know how to face the challenge of competing parent interests. My x-husband and I seem to want very different things from our children’s experience with sports.” Parents who communicate dif.... More »

The End of an Era: When a Child Abandons a Sport

This guest post by Laura Amann was originally posted a few years ago on this site, but it is worth a read again.  My days of gymnastics are over. So are my long hours at the gym. My nervousness and anxiety. It’s all in the past. No more ponytails woven with ribbons, no more glitter spray, no mor.... More »
This post is sponsored by Genius of Play, a one-stop source for play ideas that build real skills. There is rarely anything fun about the hard work of youth sports. Although hard work and fun can co-exist in youth sports, let’s not sugar coat the sweat, the sore muscles, and the exhaustion that your kids…

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