Why Youth Sports Leagues Should NOT Rely on FBI Fingerprint Checks Alone + MORE

Why Youth Sports Leagues Should NOT Rely on FBI Fingerprint Checks Alone + MORE

SPORTSMANSHIP: What To Do When Neither Team Tries to Win….

Game-Fixing and Youth Coaching Ethics By Doug Abrams Under the headline, “Two Youth Teams Apparently Fixed a Match At a Tournament,” Fox Soccer writer Alex Dowd described a U-18 girls game played on July 28 at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. He reported that the two .... More »
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How to “Win at Losing” and our Other Favorite Books of 2017 + MORE

As the summer holidays roll around for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is a great time to do some reading. Twice a year we compile a list of the books we have enjoyed in the fields of athlete development, leadership, coaching, and parenting, and share them with our readers so that you The.... More »

REFLECTIONS: The Games That Your Young Athletes Will Remember…

Editor’s note: DAN VENEZIA, a former professional baseball player in the Twins’ organization, is a youth sports coach and author of the children’s book, “Coach Dan on Sportsmanship.” His website is www.CoachDan.com.  Dan recently shared his coaching story with me, and I wanted to .... More »
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Why Young Athletes Give Up + MORE

Perfectionism In Young Athletes We recently received a note from a parent about how her 10-year-old’s high expectations lead her to give up when faced with adversity. This is common when a child, like this softball player, has achieved success. She has pitched many perfect games, including at sta.... More »

ABUSIVE COACHES: Losing One’s Perspective During the Post-Game Handshake + MORE

When Coaches’ Misconduct Disrupts Post-Game Handshake Lines By Doug Abrams Late last month, the Omaha World-Herald reported that police ticketed a 52-year-old coach for suspected assault and battery on a 10-year-old opponent as the teams traded high-fives in the post-game handshake line after a fl.... More »
national youth football championships 1455123905 1065540274 Why Youth Sports Leagues Should NOT Rely on FBI Fingerprint Checks Alone + MOREThe interest in and prevalence of youth sports background checks as a pre-employment and pre-volunteering measure is skyrocketing. The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) says this is attributed to two factors:

the increased exposure of high-profile reports of child sexual abuse, such as at the hands of Jerry Sandusky
the passing of new laws that allow for more proactive, protective measures for children

The federal government took its first step with the National Child Protection Act of 1993, which allowed organizations to perform background checks on people serving children…

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If you’ve been in the world of sports long enough you’ve probably met athletes who are total goofballs. The ones who don’t take the sport too seriously, make jokes or comments to try to make their teammates laugh, and who don’t spend too much time thinking about the sport because they’re just in it for some fun…

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