The Road to Varsity – Getting Closer with Dead Ball Officiating + MORE

The Road to Varsity – Getting Closer with Dead Ball Officiating + MORE

COACHING TIPS: When the Coach Shifts Your Athlete to a New Position on the Team… + MORE

As a dedicated football player, Mike has been working hard all of his life, waiting for his senior year to arrive. And now it finally has. As an up-and-coming running back, Mike started to earn real acclaim as a junior, including having some big games, and as a rising senior, he’s hoping that .... More »
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7 Habits That Will Change Your Life + MORE

Do you feel stuck? Stuck in your parenting habits? Stuck in your work habits? Stuck in your marriage habits? If you’ve never read Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, you don’t have to! Take a few minutes to watch this video. These are 7 habits worth adapting .... More »

ABUSIVE SPORTS PARENTS: The Epidemic of Trying to Find Refs and Officials to Work Youth Games Continues… + MORE

Another Reminder About How Referee Shortages Can Threaten Youth Leaguers’ Safety By Doug Abrams Late last month, The Daily News (Longview, WA) published a thoughtful youth sports article by Jason Leskiw, “Officials Shortage Widespread Problem With No Solution Yet in Sight.” Prominent among the.... More »

TRAVEL TEAMS: The End of HS Sports Is Upon Us….

For years I’ve been preaching about the approaching end of traditional high school varsity sports, and I really do think “the end is near.” Who to blame? The lure and seduction of travel teams. It’s happening right now as US Soccer Academy and other travel soccer programs al.... More »
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How To Stay Calm and Composed in Competition + MORE

In “Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about staying calm and composed in competition. Visit and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Do yo.... More »
“For crying out loud! How could you miss that easy pop-up? You’re a real embarrassment out there!”
“How come you’re not as good as your older brother?”
“When I was your age, I could make that play in my sleep!”
Sadly, you get the idea. I don’t know you about you, but over the years, invariably when I watch a youth league game, or travel team game, or even HS kids play, I invariably find myself cringing when I hear a loud-mouthed coach or parent yell out something totally inappropriate to the youngsters…

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Just completed my annual summer mini-thon of two consecutive weekends of basketball officiating camp.  One at UNC Charlotte, the other at Liberty University.  This summer marks my ten year more

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