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

Fred Engh | Posted 08.05.2015 | 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 07.08.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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...

A Tragedy That Never Should Have Happened

Fred Engh | Posted 05.13.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 enco...

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.

A New Jewish Sleepaway Camp Focuses on Healthy Living

Sherrie Nachman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Nachman

It can be notoriously difficult to convince kids to eat their vegetables. But there is a new camp in town with precisely that goal. Camp Zeke, which is opening this summer, is promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging kids to eat better and run around more.

Early Positive Experiences = Athletes for Life

Elliott J. Hill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Elliott J. Hill

Sure I played football, baseball and basketball from an early age -- 7 or 8 -- like most kids where I lived. It taught me a lot about sport, commitment and that internal drive. But those lessons paled in comparison to what I got from those countless hours spent playing at Dottie Jordan, and the intangible gifts from Mr. Armistead, even if we didn't realize how much he was investing in our lives at the time.

Why Can't My Kid Play Sports Just For The Fun Of It?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.04.2013 | Parents

In a corner of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, in the middle of the very competitive U.S. Open, there was one spot on Saturday where no one was ke...

Ten Places Moms Wish They Could Bring a Flask

Danielle Herzog | Posted 08.19.2013 | Comedy
Danielle Herzog

Toddler soccer games. Though, this could make for a hilarious drinking game opportunity. Every time a kid watches a ball roll right past him because he's climbing on the goalie net their parent has to drink.

5 Things I Didn't Expect To Love About Competitive Sports For Kids

Leah Ariniello | Posted 06.29.2013 | Parents
Leah Ariniello

There are a number of really good reasons to have a child experience this level of competitive sports -- they just may not be the reasons you'd expect.

Do You Feel Like You're The Only Parent Spinning Out Of Control?

Andy Braner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

I believe there are steps to getting off the rat wheel of parental stress, but we all have to join together and stop trying to out perform each other. Rest. Relax. Take a Deep Breath. The world is still spinning. The sun is probably going to come up tomorrow. And everything is going to be OK.

A Lifesaving Piece Of Technology To Get Excited About, From Katie Linendoll (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

Technology isn't just fun and games. Tech expert Katie Linendoll showed me a new gadget that can save children's lives when she visited me on Mondays ...

Why I Never Let My Kids Quit... Anything

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Deciding when to let your child quit something, be it Gymboree, Little League or SAT prep, is a question that never goes away.