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

TRAVEL TEAMS: The End of HS Sports Is Upon Us….
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If I Could Kill A Word in Youth Sports, I’d Kill These 5 + MORE

Have you ever said something to your child you wished you could take back? Between the car ride to the game, the stands, the sidelines, and the car ride home from the game, there’s a lot of damaging words spoken by parents to their athletes. Words can hurt. Words can cause lifelong damage. W.... More »

DANGERS OF CONCUSSIONS: New Study Suggests More Concussions in Girls Soccer than in HS Football

There was a recent study published headlined by a medical professor at Northwestern University who says that girls who play HS soccer suffer a much higher incidence of concussions than boys do – even those boys who play HS football. As you might imagine, I was somewhat stunned by this. After all, .... More »

Wichita State teaches young athletes about injury

This story is a couple weeks old now, but it is so utterly fantastic that we couldn’t help but share, even now. As a reader of this blog, you probably know that CoachUp believes parents and coaches have a massive responsibility to keep our young athletes safe. So, when we found out that Wichi.... More »
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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes + MORE

Superheroes are defined as “benevolent fictional characters with superhuman powers, such as Superman.” Well, maybe it’s time to expand that definition to include non-fictional folks, and specifically, Shavarsh Karapetyan. Here is Karapetyan’s story. The world has seen many gr.... More »
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Why Do Athletes Choke Under Pressure? – Peaksports Video + MORE

In “Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about why athletes choke or under perform in competition. Visit Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podc.... 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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