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How Telling Off My Kid's Football Coach Kicked Off A Major Parenting Crisis

Ashley Allen | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Ashley Allen

I never thought football could cause an existential parenting crisis, but this spring, that is exactly what it did. My almost-10-year-old son, Sam, wa...

10 Rules They SHOULD Post at Kids' Sporting Events

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.04.2016 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

As parents, we see rules for players at nearly every sporting event we go to. But somehow, No Metal Cleats on the Field, and No gum on the Court just don't cover it anymore.

The Decline of Baseball and Why it Matters

Laura Hanby Hudgens | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Laura Hanby Hudgens

Baseball requires a different level of discipline than other sports. Baseball combines athleticism and brain power. Baseball matters because it has shaped our culture and our kids for decades. It is a part of our history.

The 10 People You Meet At Your Kids' Sporting Events

Holly Rust | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Holly Rust

I lived through high school once and while it was fun for me, I'm definitely not interested in reliving those years -- especially as an adult. But after another few games in, I decided to sell my soul to the devil and became one of those annoying people. I guess if you can't beat them -- join them.

Concussions and Kids Revisited

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

On Christmas day, the film Concussion opens starring Will Smith, as forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu. Smith was understandably conflicted abou...

Warning: Might Be Good to Check Out Your Child's Coach

Fred Engh | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

You don't have to look very far in the news to read about coaches in youth sports. Sure, 99 percent of the stories are about "bad" coaches and never seem to focus on good coaches. I get that part, but trust me, there are too many "bad" people out there ruling the roost.

Where are All the Women Coaches in Kids Sports?

Fred Engh | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

I get it. Some women are intimidated being out on the field. Our nonprofit organization was created for the very reason to help all adults understand the role of being a coach and to tell them that it's not all about winning games, it's about caring for kids.

The Coach Who Played the Role of a Doctor

Fred Engh | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Obviously, not all youth football coaches are frustrated, never-made-it-to-the-next-level guys. But a great number are, and they are out there on football fields across America preaching the need to win at all costs to kids as young as 5 years old.

Half of Kids 6-8 Years Old Don't Have the Skills to Play Organized Sports

Fred Engh | Posted 08.05.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

It's better to delay a child's entrance into organized youth sports until they develop the physical and emotional skills that are needed than rush them into it and ensure a miserable time.

And He Said, 'I've Damaged a Lot of Kids'

Fred Engh | Posted 07.08.2016 | Impact
Fred Engh

To date, the National Alliance for Youth Sports has trained more than 3 million volunteer adults who act as coaches in youth sports programs across America through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

The 4th of July Shock Jock

Fred Engh | Posted 06.30.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

So there I was at the Baltimore airport on my way to my 4th of July weekend vacation. I look at my phone and there's a message from an area code that I wasn't used to seeing. So on my way to the baggage claim I decided out of curiosity to call the number. Oh how I wish I hadn't.

Why Pope Francis Should Join My Board of Directors

Paul Caccamo | Posted 06.30.2016 | Sports
Paul Caccamo

Youth sports are in desperate need of reform. Less and less kids are playing sports in America and kids from disadvantaged economic backgrounds are s...

A Tragedy That Never Should Have Happened

Fred Engh | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

A few years ago, I was asked by the ABC television news show 20/20 to be interviewed about issues involving safety in youth sports. They were doing a report on the heartbreaking story of a child who began playing baseball in the first grade.

The Measure Of A Boy (And His Mom)

Emily Gallo | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Emily Gallo

They won't be "just right" for everything. They're definitely not perfect. I know that, but I don't want anyone to tell them yet.

Participation Trophies Are Bogus

Samantha McGarry | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

My daughter calmly informed me she was "pumped up." They weren't cocky, just self-confident, assured that they knew what to do in the ring, no matter the belt, size or gender of their opponent.

All-Star Teams Turn Fun Into Frenzy

Fred Engh | Posted 05.25.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

When youth sports began way back in the late '30s, it was so kids would have something to do during their time off from school in the summer. With the advent of all-star teams, on a team with 15 players, 14 would be left with no baseball for the rest of the summer.

How I Long To Bribe, Wheedle And Cajole My Son Into Sports

Lisa Cohn | Posted 05.12.2015 | Sports
Lisa Cohn

Out on the field, Michael's good friend dribbles all the way down the field and shoots. Even though the boy misses, his face is radiant. I'm sure the boy's confidence grows three-fold at that moment. I want so much for Michael to experience that feeling. I'm thinking about getting down on my knees and begging. "Please, Michael, do it for me; your friends need you, your coach needs you..."

The One Thing I 'Force' on My Kids

AK Turner | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

There is one thing I force my kids to do. A daily ritual on which I will not compromise. A foundation that will make any of their other interests possible, probable, and positive. I call it our Family Creed.

Dumpster on Wheels: My Car After Kids

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Lisa Oppenheimer

The metamorphosis is insidious. One day you're behind the wheel of a cute little wagon, and the next you're driving a mobile garbage dump with fossilized Goldfish on the floor and previously undiscovered life forms multiplying under the seat.

This 3-Year-Old Golfer Inspires Us All

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 09.03.2014 | Sports

At just 3 years old, Tommy Morrissey can swing a golf club better than most people. What's more, Tommy, who hails from Linwood, New Jersey, was bor...

Why We Need Little League

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Sports
Helene Cohen Bludman

When this kid is a 13-year-old girl pitching her way into the history books in a field of dreams, we are euphoric. She is one of ours. Such is life this week in Philadelphia.

Why (Soccer/Baseball/Lacrosse) Moms Wish for Rain

Kerry Lyons | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I'm hoping for cancellations. Dreaming of flooded fields so we can hit snooze on Saturday, snuggle in front of a movie on Sunday or simply get to bed at a decent hour during the week. And if the chatter on the sidelines in our little town is any indication, I'm not alone.

What Schools And Sports Organizations Can Do To Prevent ACL Tears

Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN NEW YORK Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:01pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Doctors who work with schools and sports organizations should encourag...

How Little League Screwed Up My Generation

Nick Halaby | Posted 06.19.2014 | Teen
Nick Halaby

I hear many adults who are much older than I am complain about my generation. They say that young people, those about to enter the work force for the first time, are the most spoiled and entitled generation in this country's history. I happen to agree.

From Riot Grrrl to Cheer Mom

Amelia Zatik Sawyer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Amelia Zatik Sawyer

For our family, cheerleading is something that gives our daughter pride, strength and confidence in herself -- things my days as a riot grrrl taught me as well.