As a sports parent, what do you say to your youngster who has just experienced “the agony of defeat” for the first time in their very young career?
That kind of parental experience inspired sportswriter Sam Weinman to write a new book with the provocative title, WIN AT LOSING: How Our .... More »
Using Email to Communicate With the Team’s Parents (Part One)
By Doug Abrams
Community youth sports programs and their coaches increasingly seek to maintain open lines of communication with parents before, during, and sometimes even after the season. The term “transparency” is in vogue in p.... More »
Motivating Young Athletes Without Pressuring Them
In our survey of more than 3,000 sports parents, the top challenge cited by parents of young athletes is this:
How can I help my kids get the most of out sports without pressuring them?
In the survey, 68.7 percent of respondents named this issue as a.... More »
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Victory quotes have always inspired and moved men and women to achieve great things. There are endless tails of glorious victories on the battlefield. But there are also smaller moments of achievement in everyone’s lives almost every day. Even in doing simple things you can find yourself getting a.... More »
Want to defend the break away like a pro soccer player? Check out Soccer Tips: Defending 1v1 with Matt Besler, a member of the United States Mens National Soccer Team that’s about to head to Brazil for the World Cup and defender for Sporting Kansas City in the MLS…
As productive human athletes, we just assume that we can knock down any walls put in front of us and conquer new feats of greatness if “we just put our mind to it.” Our conscious brain sets goals, gives pep talks and convinces us that with the right training plan, we can finish a race of any distance…
Today marks the beginning of the 2014 MLB draft, and for some, the start of making childhood dreams come true. This year many highly talked about prospects are coming out of our own backyard. Some of the top prospects in this year’s draft either play in or are from the New England area. A lot of people might be surprised by this due to the fact that places like Florida, Texas, and California are the typical breeding grounds for top MLB prospects…
Editor’s Note: Sports Feel Good Stories reader Darren Ferris submitted “The Kids Get It” story below which has been entered into the TeamSnap/SportsFeelGoodStories.com “Sports Feel Good Story of the Year” Contest.
The Kids Get It
I coach my daughter’s Bantam girls ice hockey team…
Every Friday night when I was in high school, I would arrive home around midnight. Many of those nights I would be greeted by my dad sitting at the kitchen table. In the flicker of candle light, he had the chess board set up and ready. My dad taught me chess when I was seven years old. Over the years, we had epic battles on that chess board and important life conversations over it…
Parents, do you know practice and repetition can boost young athletes’ confidence?
That’s the word from Dr. Vernon Williams, neurologist and medical director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology in Los Angeles.
“High quality repetition will help your brain learn patterns,” he says…
We’ve made some changes in the Writer Program application process. The requirements for approval are the same as they’ve been for a while, but how you get there is a little different.
We no longer ask for a single original writing sample of up to 500 words. Instead, we ask for four things: The URL of your most recent published piece in a newspaper, magazine, blog or website, and three brief original writing samples to demonstrate your knack for taking insightful angles on timely stories…