When Your Child’s Competition is on His Own Team + MORE

When Your Child’s Competition is on His Own Team + MORE

SPORTS PARENTING TRENDS: Where Have We Been….and Where Are We Going?

I’ve known Bob Bigelow for close to two decades as a sports parenting advocate like myself. Back in the mid-1970s, Bob was a 6-8 sharp-shootingAll-Ivy forward at Penn who was so talented that he became a first-round draft choice in the NBA. After Bob’s playing days came to an end, Bob an.... More »

TRENDS IN SPORTS: Why HS Football Continues to Lose Players

A few days ago, Ken Belson of the NY Times did a probing feature about the continuing decline of HS football numbers in this country. Ken happened to focus on Maplewood Richmond Heights HS, a HS school from the St. Louis suburban area, a public HS that just five years ago was competing for a Missour.... More »
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Bone Loss In Young Females: Once It’s Lost It’s Tough To Get It Back

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A woman develops about half her bone mineral content during her adolescent years, and healthy bone mineral content and bone mass lower the risk for stress fractu.... More »

EPL Previews: Can the Magic of Klopp push Liverpool to new heights? + MORE

EPL Previews: Can the Magic of Klopp push Liverpool to new heights? After Leicester City’s 5000-1 odds to win the Premiership, capping off what is, in all likelihood, the most fantastic championship in major sports history, the perennial powerhouses have gone hard towards defeating the slew of und.... More »

PITCH COUNTS: Brand New Pitch Limits Start This Spring All Over the Country: Be Forewarned!

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL PITCH COUNTS TO GO INTO EFFECT THIS SEASON By Steve Kallas In July 2016, the National Federation of State High School Associations (“NFHS”) announced that, beginning with the 2017 spring baseball season, each state member would have to institute a pitch count rule for high sch.... More »
 
We’re only days away from the annual national obsession with college basketball that is March Madness®, with over 64 teams vying to hoist the national champion’s trophy at the end of a grueling bracket of elimination games.
With the onset of the tournament comes the annual tradition in offices, churches, classrooms, dorms, and homes of bracket challenges…

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Is your child’s biggest competition in youth sports turning out to be someone on his own team? Perhaps he is trying to beat another player out for a starting spot or even just to get more playing time. All three of my kids faced this situation at various times in middle and high school. My oldest…

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(The following column was requested of Rick Wolff by the editors of the Huffington Post, and it ran online in that publication on Thursday, March 12, 2015)
 
A SYSTEM IN DIRE NEED OF DIRECTION
Once upon a time- and I start with this phrase as though I’m going to tell a children’s story – because when I tell kids today about a time when they were free to go out and play on their own —  when there were no official tryouts, no bullying coaches, no screaming parents on the sidelines – well, these kids really think I’m truly telling them a fairy tale…

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