This is Part 3 of a 3-part series, Help Your Child Have a Ball in Sports, brought to you by AER, the first Automatic Ball Pump. How does your child get pumped up before games? Perhaps he has a routine or listens to music, or simply sits alone to focus. Maybe her team has a cheer a creative...Read.... More »
Tackling is a tough job for NFL linebackers. Tackling childhood cancer is even tougher. But the Washington Redskins linebacker crew was up to the task after being challenged by Washington Redskins inside linebackers coach, Kirk Olivadotti. Fundraiser for Curing Kids Cancer Kirk told his players that.... More »
When looking to buy your child youth sports cleats, the choices are many. And the hours you can spend that you really don’t have can quickly add up as you tried to shop around and choose. One good way to determine what’s the best choice is to see what others have bought. Usually if they..... 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 »
Repaying Favorite Coaches and Teachers Years Later
By Doug Abrams
My most recent column explained the enduring player-coach bond. “Behind only the parent-child and child-sibling bonds, the teacher-student bond can be one of life’s most lasting. Coaches are teachers, and players are their stude.... More »
Coaches often utter the words “believe in yourself” to young people struggling with self-confidence. But what does it mean to believe in yourself? And why is it so important to the development of healthy and successful youth?
No one in the world of psychology is better known for the study of what these words mean than former Stanford professor Albert Bandura…
What is collective impact? And how can it make a difference for children and teens?
Collective impact is a relatively new term and strategy for helping communities effect positive social change. For example, most communities offer a variety of support to young people through after-school programs, services, internships, etc…
As a Sports Performance Consultant and author I get this question A LOT, especially from parents of young athletes who are trying to figure out the best approach to handling their son’s or daughter’s wins, losses, and overall approach to competition.
So is it good or bad? The answer is YES!
Competition can be good or bad depending upon the adults involved…
(Thanks to Pendulum Studios for allowing us to share their great photo — it looks gorgeous!) So often, many of the youth sports-related news we deliver here is sad — there’s no two ways around it. Between costs, injuries, and potential elitism, it’s fair to say that country-wide press about the topic usually isn’t positive…
The phrase “family values” conjures an array of reactions in today’s politically charged world. And that’s a shame. Because whether our family values are conservative or liberal shouldn’t really change the ideals we hold for raising and educating our children.
Family values have far too long been associated with one’s political agenda, particular in the United States…