Enough with focusing on the negativity in youth sports. Let’s concentrate on spreading the positive. Are you with me? I believe that all of us, together, can make a positive difference in our youth sports culture. And I’d like to ask for your help in doing that. In case you haven’t.... More »
This post is sponsored by Genius of Play, a one-stop source for play ideas that build real skills. There is rarely anything fun about the hard work of youth sports. Although hard work and fun can co-exist in youth sports, let’s not sugar coat the sweat, the sore muscles, and the exhaustion that yo.... More »
The Minnesota Wild, despite having played in the NHL for only 17 seasons, are connected to their fan base. Other professional sports organizations, with much longer histories, don’t enjoy the same type of relationships. This year’s team is trying to fight off archrival Chicago Blackhawks for.... More »
To succeed in athletics, you must constantly push yourself to be the best both mentally and physically. You must carry an edge and toughness with you to persevere through hard situations. But how do we raise children who have good sportsmanship when they are told to act tough, win at all co.... More »
The challenges of sports parenting do not stop when the game is over. They follow you wherever you go and intrude into any hour of the day. It’s enough to drive you crazy. But you don’t have to be a crazy sports parent! I’ll be the first to admit that there are challenges to parenting an..... More »
More Troubling News About Abuse of Referees
By Doug Abrams
Last week, a newspaper reported about a local youth soccer league that is “suffering a severe shortage of referees because too many are dropping out due to abuse from the sidelines.” The paper identified the usual abusers – parents and coaches…
The medical community is largely unaware of national sports preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) guidelines and only 11% of athletes at US high schools are guaranteed to receive a PPE fully consistent with the national standard, finds a 2014 study.
The findings come despite the 2010 endorsement of 6 national medical societies of a single PPE form as part of an effort to standardize the screening process, and nearly unanimous public support for PPE screening by a qualified health care professional before participation in a consistent manner across the country…
My March "Youth Sports Hero of the Month" column honored 12-year-old Matthew Marotta for his sportsmanship at the end of a hard-fought pee wee hockey tournament game in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 16.
For readers who might not have read that blog entry yet, the Nanaimo Clippers edged Matthew’s Prince George Cougars, 3-2, on a hotly disputed goal in the final moments of double overtime…