TITLE IX ISSUES: Should Boys Be Allowed to Play on Girls’ HS Teams?

TITLE IX ISSUES: Should Boys Be Allowed to Play on Girls’ HS Teams?

COPING WITH ADVERSITY: What’s the Best Way to Give Feedback to Young Athletes (…and their Parents)? + MORE

One of the basic fundamentals that all coaches embrace – whether at the youth, travel, or HS level – is that a coach has to give feedback to one’s athletes. Problem is, it’s rare for a coach to be trained at any level on how to do this. In short, it’s just sort of ̶.... More »
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Getting Recruited for College Sports: When Should It Begin? + MORE

The trend for kids to get recruited for college sports as early as middle school disturbs many youth sports experts. But there is no doubt that kids have a better chance of playing in college if they plan ahead. The question is, how early is too early? According to Athnet, a college recruiting site,.... More »

REFLECTIONS: The Games That Your Young Athletes Will Remember…

Editor’s note: DAN VENEZIA, a former professional baseball player in the Twins’ organization, is a youth sports coach and author of the children’s book, “Coach Dan on Sportsmanship.” His website is www.CoachDan.com.  Dan recently shared his coaching story with me, and I wanted to .... More »
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All Hockey Hair Team 2016: Feeling the Flow in Minnesota + MORE

All Hockey Hair Team 2016: Feeling the Flow in Minnesota The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game has “One Shining Moment,” and the Minnesota State High School Tournament has the “All Hockey Hair Team 2016.” The mysterious creator of what has now become a popular cla.... More »

ABUSIVE COACHES: The Ongoing Issue of Entitlement with Volunteer Coaches + MORE

Entitlement is another one of those relatively new concepts in youth sports that really didn’t exist when most of today’s sports parents were growing up. Like the concept of travel teams, or burnout, or repetitive use injuries, coaching entitlement is one of those  issues that has sprung up.... More »
This is a topic we’ve covered before, and not surprisingly, it keeps popping up in the news. It’s worth reviewing again.
I picked up my local newspaper the other day and I was reading about a sport with which I admittedly have little expertise in….HS field hockey.
I’m reading about how Lakeland HS has won six straight NYS championships in field hockey, and in fact, hasn’t lost to a NY State-based team since 2008 – that’s a long time ago…

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