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Youth Sports Coaching

Youth Sports Specialization Defies Logic

Ken Reed | Posted 12.31.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The growing trend of having our young athletes specialize in a single sport -- some as early as 9 years old -- flies in the face of scientific research and expert testimony.

It's Not Just Words: 10 Smart Word Choices of Smart Athletes

Anne Josephson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Anne Josephson

If parents keep reinforcing to their child that her pursuit of excellence in a sport is a sacrifice their child is making instead of a decision she is making, what effect is that likely to have on the child's attitude?

Burnout and Injury A Major Concern In Youth Sports

Ken Reed | Posted 12.10.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a society, we need to start focusing more on sports as a vehicle to build teamwork and leadership abilities, improve sports skills, enhance fitness and health, gain experiences that teach lifetime lessons and shape values, develop friendships and less on scholarships, pro contracts and gold medals.

Notes From The Losing Team

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Ferrier

I don't care what you tell your children about sportsmanship -- if you're not living it yourself from the sidelines, it doesn't mean anything.

10 Things I Learned About Teaching From My Kids' Coaches

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Education
Grete DeAngelo

As a teacher and a parent, I'm always looking for role models on how to do my job better, and some of the best examples I've seen have been my kids' coaches.

35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

Anne Josephson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Sports
Anne Josephson

While superior knowledge of the sport is a cornerstone of a brilliant coach, it takes so much more than content and procedural knowledge to be a brilliant coach or teacher.

A Lesson in Perspective from a Boy Named Daniel

Kevin K. Wong | Posted 06.21.2014 | Hawaii
Kevin K. Wong

The Spike and Serve U13 team won their first tournament on Sunday. They played fearlessly. They battled with so much heart. They displayed a new perspective, inspired by a boy named Daniel.

Cultivating a New Type of Sports Coach

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 04.14.2014 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

Instead of just focusing on getting wins, let's start to cultivate our coaches, who will, in turn, cultivate our athletes.

Youth Sports World Is Insane

Ken Reed | Posted 03.12.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a whole, our youth sports system is broken. As the country's performance culture increasingly focuses on the development of elite athletes at the youth sports level, our kids are burning out emotionally at a greater clip and at an earlier age.

It's Time to Bench Tyrannical Coaches

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Vince Lombardi's coaching style and the negative impact it's had on sports in America -- from the professional to the youth level -- is arguably the worst thing that's happened to sports in America.

Olympic Athletes, Private Foundations and Corporations Work to Fill the Gaps In Youth Sports Opportunities

Alicia Jessop | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

Parks and schoolhouses used to be the breeding ground of Olympic athletes. Coaches didn't used to come with a high price tag, but were P.E. teachers who volunteered for positions after school.

Let's Put the 'Youth' Back in Youth Sports

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Let's relax, and more importantly, let our kids relax. Research shows that nearly 80 percent of all children who play adult-organized youth sports drop out by the time they're 12. The reason most often cited is that it's no longer fun.

Why Do We Condone Cruel Coaches?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

I was deeply disappointed to hear about the abusive coaching tactics allegedly used by Julie Hermann, the new Athletic Director at Rutgers. It made me wonder if abusive coaching is more rampant than we know -- not only in sports, but in other arenas as well.

The Emerging Youth Sports Dilemma: Selecting the Right Club Team

George White | Posted 05.20.2013 | Sports
George White

Young athletes and their parents will inevitably be confronted with the decision and related pressures of whether to pursue club team participation and moreover, how to approach the inevitable decision of choosing a team.

Youth Sports, Adult Conduct Disorders and One Shining Moment

Bruce Lesley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Sports
Bruce Lesley

Are we really about "whatever it takes" in youth sports, even when safety is at risk?

The Last Inning

Lanny Davis | Posted 09.01.2012 | Sports
Lanny Davis

There was magic on a baseball field late on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012, in Potomac, Md.

I Worried That Coaching My Son Would Change Everything

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

I was worried that all the ways we have tainted youth sports made me lose my taste, my joy for competition; my first true love, my first lesson in mindfulness, my first meditation.

Youth Sports: Getting It Right For Kids

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Although theoretically we parents are supposed to leave everything to the coaches, that's a little like saying that we are supposed to leave it to the teachers to get our kids to school and make sure they do their homework.

In the Wake of the Sandusky Scandal, A Call for Youth Coaching Certifications

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 01.14.2012 | Parents
Hilary Levey Friedman

At the end of every weekday millions of kids dash out of school and into the care of adults, like Sandusky, who are meant to teach and mentor them. While they are all educating children, not all of these adults are vetted.

Soccer

Nikki Mark | Posted 12.05.2011 | Parents
Nikki Mark

Lesson learned. Typical jugglers, which include working moms, could all probably benefit from enjoying moments of life that really don't require us to be in control.

Why Summer Camp Isn't As Safe As You Think

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Parents
Hilary Levey Friedman

Top-notch camp counselors are sought out for these specialty camps so that "the best" can teach kids how to be "the best." But just who are these camp counselors, and how qualified are they to be working with young kids?