The National Athletic Trainers' Association and Youth Sports Safety Alliance have issued best practice youth sports health safety guidelines. Touted as the first of their kind, the guidelines, however, largely mirror best practice recommendations that MomsTEAM Institute, a member of the Alliance,.... More »
Coaches, imagine if there was a way to gain insight, understanding, and connection with your athletes by asking a simple question? There is. let me explain how. A few years back, I coached a talented, yet underperforming sixteen-year-old girl I will call Maddy. She was incredibly inconsistent in her.... More »
Sports parenting is as easy as signing your child up and getting him to practice, right? If this is your child’s first, second, or even third year of playing youth sports, then you are still relatively new to the game. It may seem easy, and you may think, This is great! This is fun! WhereR.... More »
How to Handle Bullying in Youth Sports
Parents, it’s easy to assume that bullying won’t strike your sports kids.
Truth is, bullying is rampant in youth sports today.
Kids bully each other and even coaches bully kids… Even parents bully each other!
The weaker players are not always the tar.... More »
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 »
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…