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Youth Sports Parenting

The Greatest Burden a Child Must Bear

Fred Engh | Posted 01.06.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

On a plane trip I was talking to an insurance guy who asked me what the National Alliance for Youth Sports was all about. I explained to him that we were all about addressing the problems that youth sports has, in particular with the behavior of so many adults.

10 Tips for Soccer Parents on the Sidleines

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

A few years ago I wrote a post about soccer parents, but at that point, I did not imagine that we would now be one of "those" families, driving to soccer games in different cities, spending the night in hotels, and paying buckets of money to play a sport that many of us just went out and played in the park after school.

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.

The Coach is a Bully: Now What?

Emily Cohen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Emily Cohen

If inaction or retaliation results, you -- and your athlete -- must be prepared to leave the team. It isn't fair, but the bottom line is that the current situation is destructive and intolerable -- and you need to protect your kid as well as your values.

Should You Coach Your Own Kid?

Fred Engh | Posted 06.11.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

As a former director of a youth sports organization with more than 15,000 kids playing all sports, I can tell you I've seen some great parent-coaches, and also, some bad parent-coaches.

He's 10 Years Old? No Way!

Fred Engh | Posted 05.27.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

Many kids, who mature early, are generally bigger, stronger, faster and therefore, with any kind of talent, become the stars of the team. The opposite happens for the late maturing kids.

Is Your Kid a Victim? The 3 Battlegrounds for Sport Bullies

Emily Cohen | Posted 05.26.2016 | Sports
Emily Cohen

As a parent of a young athlete, you have many responsibilities, one of which is keeping your kids safe. Among the most prevalent threats to our kids today is bullying. I know, I know. You've already watched a documentary, read the pamphlets sent home from school, and maybe even attended a school-wide assembly.

5 Signs Your Child's Team is Toxic

Emily Cohen | Posted 05.31.2015 | Parents
Emily Cohen

If a coach tries to say your child isn't allowed to play on another team or any other sport, or worse, asks you sign to a form to that effect, that coach doesn't have your child's best interests at heart--only his own. And his ego.

An Open Letter to My Son's Coach

Jen Cohen | Posted 03.20.2016 | Parents
Jen Cohen

Coach, your words of advice, "Arrive on time, prepared and ready to deliver a best effort," were met with an eager-to-please attitude from my 10-year-old son. When other young players neglected to demonstrate this same courtesy, your actions spoke louder than your words.

Travel Teams: Youth Sports' New Headache

Fred Engh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

Sadly, sandlot games have pretty much evaporated though, a casualty of the travel team frenzy that has been sweeping through communities for quite some time now, disrupting recreational programs and saddling children with a mind boggling schedule of practices and games.

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

Ginny Gilder | Posted 03.21.2015 | Parents
Ginny Gilder

No matter your age, sports are supposed to be fun. Certainly that should be especially true in childhood. Most kids know that, and that's how it should be.

Observations From the Stands -- Sports Parenting From One Mother's Point of View

Emily Franklin | Posted 05.08.2012 | Parents
Emily Franklin

It is my hope as a parent that I am raising my children to enjoy both team sports and independent pursuits. I believe the glory of being on the field and off should not rely on my watching.