I used to be one of those guys who said “Valentine’s Day is just a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ which was created to increase sales.” My thoughts were, “If I loved my wife and kids well throughout the year, then this ‘made-up holiday’ shouldn’t be a big deal.” I was wrong. So wh.... More »
What Can Happen When Parents’ Abuse Chases Away Coaches
By Doug Abrams
The other day, a want-ad of sorts appeared on the computer screen while I was reviewing youth sports articles in the nation’s newspapers. The want-ad was longer than the few-inch ones that typically dominated newspaper clas.... More »
Are you looking for answers on how to help your child compete better? Maybe you’ve spent a lot of time and money teaching her skills, but she can’t seem to perform consistently. For young athletes, the mental toughness struggle is real. As the pressures of youth sports have increased ov.... More »
Parents, are you ready for back-to-school? Teachers, would you like to share some great parenting articles with student’s families?
This popular list of back-to-school articles is updated each year. It contains some of the latest thinking and research on learning, achievement, family well-be.... More »
The interest in and prevalence of youth sports background checks as a pre-employment and pre-volunteering measure is skyrocketing. The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) says this is attributed to two factors:
the increased exposure of high-profile reports of child sexual abuse, such as at t.... More »
For well over a decade, I have predicted that the reach, scope, and growth of travel teams will eventually (and sooner rather than later) overtake traditional HS varsity sports programs.
That’s for all HS sports, except for one: football.
After all, we have already witnessed HS soccer players being forced to choose between their HS team and their travel programs…
"Sports does not build character. Sports reveals character," said journalist Heywood Broun more than half a century ago. He meant that athletic competition can bring out either the best or the worst in an athlete, depending on the inner strengths or weaknesses that the athlete brings to the game…