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

TRAVEL TEAMS: The End of HS Sports Is Upon Us….
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SPORTS SAFETY: Let’s Not Give Up on Youth Football Too Quickly + MORE

In Praise of Youth Football Guest Column from Wayne Mazzoni Listening to Coach Wolff’s show this past Sunday morning, but not having the time to call in, I feel compelled to add to the conversation on youth football.  Having been a part of youth sports as a player, coach, and parent, I can tell y.... More »
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Proper Helmet Fit in Boy's Hockey: A 12-Point Checklist + MORE

To provide maximum protection against head injuries, helmets worn by athletes in contact sports such as youth hockey, need to fit correctly, but a new study of boy's hockey players age 8 to 14 years found that less than one third of hockey helmets are properly fitted. (Williams, 2014). Because .... More »

Parents, It’s Time to Adopt the 24 Hour Rule

The 24-hour rule was established at a high school where my husband taught and coached for many years. The rule was simply this: if you have a problem with the coach after a game, wait 24 hours before talking to him or her. Unfortunately, parents didn’t always abide by the rule and the result .... More »

The Most Underrated Value of the US Woman’s Gymnastics Team + MORE

The Most Underrated Value of the US Woman’s Gymnastics Team For many years, young girls did not dream to be Gymnasts. Thanks to Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and the rest of the US Women’s Gymnastics team competing in the Rio Olympics, that has massively changed. Not only did they dominate.... 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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