March Basic Training: Spend One-on-One Time with Your Kids + MORE

March Basic Training: Spend One-on-One Time with Your Kids + MORE

An Open Letter from the Back Seat

Dear Mom and Dad I wanted to start this letter by saying I love you, and I know you mean well. I appreciate all the time and energy you put into taking me to my games and practices, and I know you sacrifice a lot to do it. I also appreciate when you try to The post An Open Letter from the Back Seat .... More »

6 Ways to Give Your Athletes the Gift of Independence

Happy Independence Day! We celebrate this day in remembrance of our country breaking free from the control of Britain. But as parents, we struggle with the whole independence thing in our kids because our desire to be involved in their lives often keeps us from giving them the space to become autono.... More »

3 Tips for Unfrazzling Your Youth Sports Experience + MORE

Got something pretty cool to share here. Take 2:40 minutes to find out what it is!   Learn More And Sign up Now!   Are you Tired of Frazzled? You can avoid being THAT parent. You know, the raving lunatic who steals the show on game day. Let’s face it. The world of youth sports is g.... More »

Head Games: Athletes and Their Body Images + MORE

To listen to this new podcast series, click on the above arrow. Welcome to Week 3 of Head Games! The mental game of youth sports is key to your child’s success and this week we focus on Athletes and Their Body Images. My co-host for the series is Diane Munoz, counselor, blogger, and recoverin.... More »

6 Signs You’re Micromanaging Your Athlete + MORE

6 Signs You’re Micromanaging Your Athlete Simply put, no one likes to work for a micromanaging boss. It suffocates and aggravates us, while also keeping us from taking risks. Your young athlete feels that same way when you micromanage as a sports parent. Perhaps you are not even aware of your.... More »
By now you should be well on your way to becoming a better dad with the All Pro Dad Basic Training 2014!  In January you created the daily habit of huddling up with your kids, and in February you hit the books to study fatherhood. For those new to the All Pro Dad Basic Training, click here to catch up…

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A big feature article ran this week in The New York Times with the headline: “Brain Trauma Extends to the Soccer Field.” The reporter, John Branch, did a solid job in covering the tragic story of 29-year-old former soccer player, Patrick Grange, who passed away recently from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)…

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I visited the sportswriting class of Gary Pomerantz at Stanford University Wednesday. Toward the end of the class, Pomerantz asked me what I would do if I were the students’ age today. In other words, what advice did I have for them?
I rattled off some things that would be familiar to readers of this blog: read and write a lot, make every word count, find and do things that
everyone else isn’t doing, stay current with what’s going on in the media business and so on…

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