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Youth Sports Parents

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.

Why Parents Behave the Way They Do

Fred Engh | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

I often have wondered why he, and so many of us (yes, us) are so wrapped up in our child's sports experience that we will go to drastic measures...like being fired. I called on Dr. Dan Wann, a noted psychologist from Murray State University, and here's what he had to say.

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.

We All Should Have a Kid This Gutsy!

Fred Engh | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

We've all see the bumper sticker on the back of cars that say, "My child's on the honor roll." Well I think there should be ones made for kids like this one that says, "My kid just stood up to a bunch of 'little league' jerks who don't get it."

If You Don't Coach Sir, the League Will Fold

Fred Engh | Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Never has anything been so motivating (and inaccurate, I might add) as the title suggests. The bottom line is that as long as Billy Jones has a father or mother around, there will always be someone to coach kids in organized sports.

10 Life Lessons I Learned from My Son and Little League Baseball

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 07.08.2015 | Parents
Dr. Kate Roberts

Baseball odds mirror life. It's expected for most players to strike out seven of ten times at bat or even more than that. I'm not sure what the odds are in life for reaching goals but certainly lots there will be many strike outs along the way to reaching any goal that's worth achieving.

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.

What to Ask the League Before Your Kid Signs Up

Fred Engh | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Perhaps these questions will help ensure that your child will have a positive experience in a league that meets their needs and interests, rather than a negative experience in a league that doesn't suit them.

Should You Coach Your Own Kid?

Fred Engh | Posted 06.11.2015 | 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.

So Did You Have a Bad Experience Playing Youth Sports?

Fred Engh | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Fred Engh

Over the lifespan of our non-profit organization, National Alliance for Youth Sports, I have been asked many times about what motivated me to create such an organization. After all, no one had ever done so before.

He's 10 Years Old? No Way!

Fred Engh | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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.

Thanks Robin!

Fred Engh | Posted 05.21.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

I often wonder if Robin Roberts ever knew that, at least for me, he was the impetus of helping change the attitudes of those parents who ruin, for so many kids, what would have been a great, fun experience in their lives.

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.

15 Reason Competitive Sports Are Great For Kids (That Have Nothing to Do With Winning)

Anne Josephson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Anne Josephson

I don't think that competition is either good or bad. It just is. Rather it is how we think about it and cope with it makes it good or bad. How much we stress the importance of competition that gives it a larger space in our lives than it deserves.

The Ugly Parent in All of Us

Fred Engh | Posted 05.06.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

Sports for kids would be a great experience if parents could control their emotions, but that is like asking a person who has never been skiing before to just relax as they look straight down from the top of the mountain. Relaxing just isn't in the cards.

That's My Kid Out There! Aren't I Great?

Fred Engh | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

All seven of my children played sports while they were growing up and I can tell you that there is hardly anything that can compare to the joy, frustration, triumph and disappointment of watching our kids compete.

10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Avoid Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Sports

Brooke de Lench | Posted 06.24.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more than 3.5 million children age fourteen and under get medical treatment for sports injuries each year.

Misplaced Priorities in Child Safety and Youth Sports

Fred Engh | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

The bottom line is that to me letting your kids go to the park unsupervised is a whole lot better than putting them in the hands for a full season with someone you haven't a clue about.

Ouch! 4 Steps to Fewer Sports Injuries

Emily Cohen | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Emily Cohen

You are the expert on your own kid, not the coach. The coach can't read your kid's body language the way you can.

If Schools Have a Superintendent, Why Don't Youth Sports?

Fred Engh | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Whether we want to admit it or not, youth sports are really about education. Our organization says that sports are the outdoor classroom whereby young people are learning a host of life lesson and they are not always good lessons.

Background Checks... Don't Be So Sure

Fred Engh | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Fred Engh

Whatever we can do to prevent child abusers from abusing children in organized sports, I'm all for. Throughout the last several years, the phrase "background checks" has been floating around as if it's a panacea for making sure youth sports leagues are doing the right thing.

Is a Sexual Predator Lurking on Your Kid's Team?

Fred Engh | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Fred Engh

Ever since Jerry Sandusky became a household name and rocked the national sports landscape, it also shined the spotlight on a chilling topic that all too often gets shoved to the side because it's too uncomfortable and unpleasant to talk about.

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.

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.