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 »
Every so often, something happens in the course of amateur and youth sports that makes one pause….and makes one think about whether we as sports parent really do have our priorities in order.
Let ask you this: if your son, a HS football player, had been diagnosed with a possible concussion, would .... More »
Whether you are a parent of a 5, 15, or 25-year-old, it’s always good to take a hard look at how you are doing at parenting. This year, I want to be sure that there are some things my kids really, really know, and in order for them to know these things, I will...Read More
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Have you ever wondered what kinds of sports parents our children will become when they reach their 20’s and 30’s? In effect, what the next Generation of Sports Parents will be like?
Will they become even more super-competitive than we are? Will they try to start their kids (our grandchil.... More »
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My daughter just finished another season of high school swim and had one of the best season's of her career to date. Her hair also survived t.... More »
We have written here over the years about our concerns around bullying and hazing. The attitude that creates that bullying mindset still seems to exist in the high school and youth sports culture.A recent series of stories in the U.S. national media (here is a link to a story on ESPN) revealed that a decision was made to cancel the football season of a prominent local high school in New Jersey as a result of an investigation into bullying behaviour…
Making sports easy for kids has become a national sports parenting past time. Our youth sports culture has become enamored with the Fun Philosophy, the idea that sports must be a blast or kids will not want to play. PSHHAW. That’s what I say. What a Saturday Morning Bootcamp Taught Me It took a Saturday morning workout…
Thursday was the 10th anniversary of Lionel Messi’s debut with Barcelona. Bleacher Report covered that milestone in four ways, and I think they’re a nice cross-section of some of the different types of content available as you think about how to cover any event or topic.
There were two fairly traditional pieces, one looking back and one looking forward:
Lionel Messi Travels 10 Years from Shy Uncertainty to Stellar Name at Barcelona by Guillem Balague…
The new shoes are laced up. The old bicycle pump remedies the under-inflated ball after a long search for the needle. The sound of dribbling is heard with rhythmic regularity. It can only mean one thing. Basketball season has begun.
Basketball is the most popular youth sport
At YMCA’s, school gyms and community rec centers across the country, boys and girls basketball teams are starting their first practices of the season…