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

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

Special Needs Basketball Player Hits Final Shot

With enthusiastic chanting in the background, senior Lainy Fredrickson entered a basketball game for the Norman High School Lady Tigers. Fredrickson, who has special needs, entered the game in the final minutes against her school’s arch-rival, Norman North. Lainy Fredrickson Makes Final Bucket.... More »

6 Things Great Sports Parents Know and Do for their Kids

This post is sponsored by Ertheo, an organization that helps parents find opportunities to help their children grow, focusing on great summer camp experiences.   There are millions of sports parents in the world today, but how many of could actually be described as great sports parents?  .... More »

TRENDS IN SPORTS: TAKING A KNEE – PART TWO

i had a very strong response to last week’s show and blog posting regarding HS kids taking a knee to protest racial oppression in this country. I was impressed with the smart comments  on both sides of the issue, all dealing with the balancing of patriotic respect for our country v. one’s g.... More »

4 Steps to Help Your Child Get PUMPED UP Before Games + MORE

This is Part 3 of a 3-part series, Help Your Child Have a Ball in Sports, brought to you by AER, the first Automatic Ball Pump. How does your child get pumped up before games? Perhaps he has a routine or listens to music, or simply sits alone to focus. Maybe her team has a cheer a creative...Read.... More »

Nieman Storyboard’s Annotation Tuesday! looks under the hood of great writing + MORE

I don’t know how I’ve missed this, but Niemanstoryboard.org has a feature called Annotation Tuesday! in which one writer interviews another about some recent or famous piece, and the questions and answers are interspersed throughout the story itself. It’s like the audio commentary.... More »
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 all over the country are telling promising soccer players, “Look, if you play for our program, you will play against much better competition, receive much better coaching, and best of all, you will be exposed to top college coaches — coaches who are looking to recruit top players just like you…

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