Middle School: When Coming-of-Age Stories Begin + MORE

Middle School: When Coming-of-Age Stories Begin + 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 »

SPORTSMANSHIP: Instructing Kids to Throw Games: Why Do Youth Coaches Try to Cheat?

  Tournaments, Tanking Games, and Hating Yourself in the Morning By Doug Abrams   Youth sports tournaments can bring out the best in players, but sometimes the worst in their coaches. Too often, we read or hear about coaches who scheme to deliberately lose a tournament game, hoping to position.... More »

COPING WITH ADVERSITY: Are Sports Parents Shielding Their Kids Too Much? + MORE

 Teaching Youth Leaguers to Overcome Adversity: Perspectives From a Hall of Fame Coach By Doug Abrams Tom Izzo, Michigan State University’s successful head basketball coach, sat for a lengthy interview last month on “The Drive With Jack Ebling.” The recent inductee into the Naismith Basketbal.... More »

The Power Play of Kids + MORE

  My wife and I had these beautiful plants in our living room. When my son was eighteen months old, he was drawn to them. Probably because we were new, uptight parents, we had stern rules that he was not to touch them. Every time he walked over to them, we consistently told him, “no.̶.... More »
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How Fun Should Youth Sports Be? + MORE

Check out today’s 3 minute video on the three levels of fun in youth sports!     Let your kids have fun, let them be little! AND let them grow up! You can do both at once! Get my ebook for only $1.99!        Related Stories20 Steps to Making Sport.... More »
Hazing has seemingly been an American tradition in sports for decades.
The problem is – it’s not a tradition that anyone wants.
Even worse, schools/coaches/parents have had a deuce of a time trying to eradicate this terrible habit.
The latest episode has occurred at Sayreville HS in New Jersey where, according to numerous reports, seven HS varsity football players allegedly pinned down several freshman players to the floor and then forcibly sodomized them as part of some sort of hazing, or rite of passage, issue…

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youth sports 1413170865 1108096360 Middle School: When Coming of Age Stories Begin + MOREMiddle school is often linked to that awkward stage of development when young people start to question their confidence and abilities. This occurs as they gain awareness of the world around them and as they compare themselves to friends and classmates.
Middle school is also a time of accelerated learning, especially the kind that happens on the inside…

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