To listen to this new podcast series, click on the above arrow. Welcome to Week 2 of Head Games! The mental game of youth sports is key to your child’s success and this week we focus on Time Management, Priorities, and Feeling Overwhelmed. My co-host for the series is Diane Munoz, coun.... More »
I was recently in Ohio for a family event. At this event, my father and his friends began sharing stories of their childhood. Everyone shared stories of their days of triumph on the sporting fields in their small Midwest town. As the event progressed, it evolved into a full on discussion about youth.... More »
Well, if it’s HS football season… then unfortunately, it’s also hazing season.
That’s not to say that hazing doesn’t occur in all sports…it certainly does. But that being said, hazing seems to be an unwanted annual tradition when it comes to HS football — and especially during Au.... More »
Remember all those wonderful platitudes that we sports parents like to point to as to why it’s a positive life experience for our kids to play HS sports?
You know what I mean – all the intangibles that coaches and we like to point to? Playing competitive sports leads to better sportsmans.... More »
Listening to one another is one of the most important ways parents and children create close, loving relationships.
When kids feel seen, heard, and understood, they learn the meaning of empathy. They acquire the abilities to emotionally connect with others, make friends, and develop lifelong social .... More »
The Bracket: Week 1 Results (SEE FULL BRACKET)
The first week is complete in our search for the greatest fictional coach of all time. There weren’t too many surprises. There were only two matchups in which the lower seed didn’t win.
Teamwork is encouraged by youth sports teams everywhere. But of those thousands and thousands of squads, how many of them are doing team the right way? As a sports mom for 21 years, I watched my kids play on over 100 teams and if I am being honest I will have to admit that a lot…Read More
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To all the fathers who brave outdoor high school football stadiums during the dead of winter just to see their son sit on the bench the entire game, we say, “Well done”. To all the dads who sit on rock hard folding chairs to see their daughter’s two minute part in a two hour play, we say, “Well done”…
When football trick plays work, they’re a lot of fun to watch. A well-run trick play might make the local news, and the better ones can go from a lot of hits on YouTube to a viral sensation.
Trick plays can also change the outcome of games. In addition to plays resulting in scores, the plays can be demoralizing for opponents…
Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab, published a piece last month about journalism education. The headline: Journalism Education: It’s Time to Craft the Gateway Degree.
Schaffer’s concerned about university journalism programs losing enrollment and suggests they find a new way to market themselves…
This is probably the most common question that I get asked by athletes across every sport. “In practice, I’m relaxed, focused and everything seems to just come easily. However, in games, I start getting flooded with negativity and doubts, I tighten up, everything seems so rushed and I can’t get my body to do what it knows how to do!” “So what gives?”
The main reason this happens to athletes is because of the differences in their concentration between practice, when it is perceived to “not count,” and games, when now the athlete tells him/herself “it really counts!”
When you perform to your potential, this is most often a result of you focusing on what is important…
Too often, coaches treat female athletes differently than male athletes. Coaches tell females to act more like men.
But, truth is, girls and women don’t approach sports in the same way men approach sports, says Joan Steidinger, author of “Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete…