How Unruly Crowds and Parents Hurt Kids’ Confidence + MORE

How Unruly Crowds and Parents Hurt Kids’ Confidence + MORE
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How You Can Spread the Positive in Youth Sports + MORE

Enough with focusing on the negativity in youth sports. Let’s concentrate on spreading the positive. Are you with me? I believe that all of us, together, can make a positive difference in our youth sports culture. And I’d like to ask for your help in doing that. In case you haven’t.... More »

GETTING CUT FROM A TEAM: Always a Difficult Moment for Athlete, Coach, and Parent + MORE

There are very few moments as potentially devastating in a young athlete’s life than trying out for a team and not making the final roster. Of course, when kids are first introduced to youth sports, everybody who tries out for the team makes the team. That’s a given in pretty much every .... More »
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What Young Athletes Learn From the Mindset of Olympians + MORE

Mental Toughness Lessons From Olympians With the start of the summer Olympics, kids and teens have lots to learn from Olympians—dedication, perseverance and courage, for example. Daniel B. Peters, PhD., a psychologist who specializes in children and families, notes that many Olympians begin their.... More »

How to Raise Influencers

If you want your child to grow up a leader, not a follower, then you must raise influencers. Influencers do not follow the crowd, they forge their own path. Influencers care about helping others more than advancing their own agenda. Influencers see and sieze an opportunity to help others; while othe.... More »

You’re Invited to a Free Online Soccer Summit! + MORE

Do you have a soccer player in the house? If your answer is YES, then you won’t want to miss this free online soccer summit hosted by If you’re answer is NO, then you may still want to listen in on some of the summit sessions because they actually can apply to.... More »
Bleacher Report’s Facebook page reached the milestone of 1 million likes Wednesday, and those of us in the San Francisco office held a quiet celebration during which we reflected on the momentous occasion.

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flag football tournament 1397773071 1858868857 How Unruly Crowds and Parents Hurt Kids’ Confidence + MOREUnruly parents and crowds can really hurt kids’ confidence, says Gil Fried, professor and head of the sport management department at the University of New Haven and an expert on crowd control.
Why? Just think about it. When athletes are trying to perform, what could distract them more than adults yelling or getting out of control on the sidelines?
Kids get distracted-and in some cases, worried about their own safety…

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It’s NBA Playoff time. The 82-game NBA regular season begins in November and ends in April. Sometimes it seems players and teams go through the motions during the regular season. But come playoff time, they have to make a change.
For the teams that remain, a world championship is at stake. Unlike college basketball’s single elimination tournament, NBA teams must win a 7-game series to advance…

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