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Youth Sports Parents

All-Star Teams Turn Fun Into Frenzy

Fred Engh | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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.

Travel Teams: Youth Sports' New Headache

Fred Engh | Posted 03.18.2015 | 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.

Fun, Fitness And Fostering Character: 8 Tips To Make Youth Sports Great For Kids

Anne Josephson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
Anne Josephson

Parent brawls, coaches who belittle athletes and the kids who are suffering from injuries, eating disorders or stress and exhaustion. It can leave a parent wondering: why is it valuable for my child to play youth sports?

Are Youth Sports A Societal Panacea?

Luis Fernando Llosa | Posted 03.13.2015 | Sports
Luis Fernando Llosa

Our intentions are good, but the end result can be surprisingly toxic.

8 Ways to Inject Joy in Youth Sports

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

This is a sensitive conversation that I'm sure isn't fully exhausted here, but it's one I think we should start having more honestly and openly. I'm hopeful we can all start to play a part in the solution.

Tackling The Tough Issues Of Coaching Kids: The Let ‘Em Play vs. ‘Wussification' Debate

Bob Cook | Posted 02.18.2015 | Sports
Bob Cook

My favorite moment in televised youth sports fiction comes from the CBC series, "The Tournament." The TV series, imported from Canada to the Unite...

12 Ways to Be a Happier Sports Parent in 2015

Anne Josephson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Anne Josephson

Enjoy watching your children's joy in doing their sport, not in your children's achievement within it. Assess your circle of sports parent friends. Take care of yourself.

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.

Safety In Youth Sports: Parents Have Spoken, We Have Listened, Now It's Time To Act

James R. Whitehead | Posted 12.28.2014 | Sports
James R. Whitehead

Concussions and other head injuries not only top the headlines these days, they top the list of fears among parents as well. In fact, one-quarter of the parents surveyed have considered keeping their children from playing a sport because of fears of a concussion or other head injury.

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.

20 Reasons Your Preschooler Should Do Sports (That Have Nothing To Do With Learning Sports)

Anne Josephson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Anne Josephson

What if Johnny never learns how to do a cartwheel? Or if Janie never scores a goal? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a sports readiness class? Yes, I say. Absolutely yes.

A Dangerous Dozen: Misguided Ideas of Well-Meaning Sports Parents

Anne Josephson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Anne Josephson

Kids like Johnny and Jenny are clearly devoted to their sports. But they are not the only ones who are committed: so are their parents.

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.

Notes From a Peripheral Hockey Parent: Appreciating My Son's Ice-Hockey Journey

Catherine Zinger | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Catherine Zinger

I've always felt like an impostor at games -- not all of which I've attended. Pathetically, I've never understood the rules and terminology and find the zealousness and shouts of "Ice it!" or "Back to the point!!" amusing if not a foreign language altogether.

What Our Kids Could Figure Out -- If We Could Get Out of the Way

Michael Mulligan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Michael Mulligan

Give kids back their youth, and let them learn the joy of movement and friendship and fairness without your butting in. Our children can do this, but our constant adult oversight keeps them from learning how.

Recruiting the Modern High School Athlete

Kai Sato | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Kai Sato

For any parent of an aspiring college athlete, it's important to remember that the greatest catalyst in helping your child get recruited is his or her coach.

Results Matter, But to Get Them, Ignore Them

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.17.2014 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Of course, you need good results to be successful, but the question is how to go about getting those results and, ironically, the answer is not what parents, coaches, and athletes often think.

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.

WATCH: Hockey Dad Nets Jail Time For Tripping Player

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.27.2013 | Sports

A Canadian youth league hockey coach who tripped a player in the handshake line got sent to the real-world penalty box: jail. Martin Tremblay, who...

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.