On last Sunday’s radio show, I asked whether the time has finally come to seriously think about walking away from traditional HS varsity sports programs.
I asked that question because so many talented and gifted coaches have become tired and worn out by the endless number of sports parents who con.... More »
(And How You Can Help Him Answer Them)
We are thrilled to welcome pediatrician and best-selling author, Dr. Meg Meeker, to share her wisdom about the important role fathers play in a child’s life.
When I was 8 years old, my father took me to work with him on Saturday mornings to Mass General .... More »
Using Resiliency to Overcome Frustration
Does your young athlete become frustrated when things don’t go as planned during a game or even practice?
Does frustration lead them to think negatively about themselves?
Do they lose confidence in their ability? To not want to play anymore?
Young athletes.... More »
Have you ever said something to your child you wished you could take back? Between the car ride to the game, the stands, the sidelines, and the car ride home from the game, there’s a lot of damaging words spoken by parents to their athletes. Words can hurt. Words can cause lifelong damage. W.... More »
Kevin McLaughlin, USA Hockey’s Director of Youth Hockey Development, was not looking forward to opening his email in January 2009. He knew it was going to be full of angry posts. He knew he and his colleagues at USA Hockey would be accused of destroying the game and taking the toughness out of the.... More »
When you see bad behavior in youth sports, do you find it easier to just turn away and ignore it? We are programmed in today’s society to mind our own business and there are certainly many instances when we should. But sometimes, sports parents, you need to rock the boat. One of my friends recently…
At CoachUp, we’re all about competition and spirited efforts, but, as always, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Considering this, unless your child is a prodigal athlete, then the odds of them playing professionally is slim-to-none. In “I Hate To Break This To You, Fellow Sports Dad, But None Of Our Kids Are Going […]
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Communicating With Other Sports Parents
A parent asks, “How do you talk to other parents about being good sports parents?”
This is a good question.
Too often, well-meaning sports parents are too loud on the sidelines, argue with the refs and coaches, and overall, set bad examples for their children…