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Youth Sports

If Carl Stotz Could See Youth Sports Today: Oh My!

Fred Engh | Posted 01.19.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

Stotz is known as the "Father of Little League Baseball," a program that has transcended all borders, races, languages and backgrounds to bring boys and girls together on ballfields to play both baseball and softball worldwide.

Indoctrinating Our Children - Youth Sports and Concussions

Jen Cohen | Posted 01.13.2016 | Sports
Jen Cohen

I believe a cultural overhaul is needed in youth sports.

What Is This Sport And When Can We Start Playing It?

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 01.07.2016 | Sports

Balley Ball? Yes, the sport you're seeing above flows and moves like volleyball, but with giant exercise balls being used instead of hands and ...

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.

Why Do We Play Sports? We've Forgotten

Beau Dure | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Beau Dure

Youth sports are being hijacked. Let's put it more directly -- your sports are being hijacked. The sports that your kids play are being taken over by a well-intentioned but misguided and counterproductive drive to make them better athletes in the hopes of attaining glory at "the next level" -- college, pro, the World Cup, etc.

Learning to Fail

Marion Leary | Posted 12.29.2015 | Education
Marion Leary

It is that time of year again -- the end of another college semester. Grades are in and well, the "whine season," as a fellow educator professed on his Facebook page, has begun.

Sports Culture Must Change to Reduce Head Injuries

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 12.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Based on our research, we know that prevention is possible. We've made youth sports concussion one of our focus areas, but we can't solve this issue alone. All of us play a role in creating a culture of concussion safety. Here's how we can prevent sports-related head injuries.

Concussion Focus Needs to Shift from NFL to Youth and High School Football

Ken Reed | Posted 12.22.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

Many of those entering theaters this holiday season to watch this highly-promoted movie will only be marginally aware of the link between football, concussions, and CTE, the neurological disease resulting from repetitive brain trauma. A lot of them will be leave shocked at what they discover.

10 Parents to Avoid at Your Kid's Sporting Event

Mary Novaria | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Mary Novaria

With two athletic kids and a house in the suburbs, competition is a way of life. We rationalize about the benefits of developing skills, confidence and good sportsmanship, but how much of that is wiped out by over-involved parents who behave badly? Just like kindergartners, when it comes to sports, adults act out in many ways. Here are the 10 worst.

The Art and Gift of Coaching: A Dialogue on Youth Development in Sports

Charles Howard | Posted 12.08.2015 | Sports
Charles Howard

(Jointly Authored with Ryan Brazuk) Coaching is an art. Better yet it's a gift. Having the opportunity to journey with young athletes, encouraging ...

How LeagueSide Found Big-Time Opportunities in Small-Town Sports

Andrew_Yang | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Andrew_Yang

Evan Brandoff grew up a sports fanatic. He played sports all the time. He decided at an early age to pursue a career in sports. He had a radio show...

The Outraged Father Who Lost It

Fred Engh | Posted 12.01.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Many years ago, when I first founded the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, I was asked by the U.S. Army Youth Services headquarters in Europe to speak at their annual championships dinner.

How Did We Go Wrong As Sports Parents?

Rick Wolff | Posted 11.24.2015 | Sports
Rick Wolff

Not too long ago, I received a call from a well-intentioned dad who explained that he was an avid listener to my WFAN sports parenting show, and he wanted to ask my advice about his son, who he explained was a promising baseball pitcher. There was just one catch...

Keeping Miller Young's Giving Legacy Alive

Plumfund | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Plumfund

My father was at the center of it all, making sure the large masses had their fill and left with a smile on their face. What I didn't comprehend at the time was that these gatherings weren't just parties; they were fundraising events for the local youth sports groups in which my brothers and I participated.

Trophies for Participants, and Parolees

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
Lisa Smith Molinari

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania -- the cradle of quarterbacks, Steeler Country, the home of those folks accused of "clinging to their guns and rel...

Operation Coach: Sports Franchises Doing Good by Our Veterans

Paul Caccamo | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Paul Caccamo

Allegations that military spending might have been misused by professional sports only highlights the need to double down on our investments that translate into real impact on the lives of our military heroes.

Cop Ripoff of Youth League Only Tip of the Iceberg

Fred Engh | Posted 11.10.2015 | Crime
Fred Engh

I wonder how many youth league sports treasurers are shaking in their boots after hearing about the Chicago cop stealing thousands of dollars from their organization's coffers. Of course, most youth league treasurers are upstanding, honest people. But recently some have not been.

High School Steroid Testing's Biggest Backer Now Has Regrets

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 11.06.2015 | Sports

“You ever heard of the Whizzinator?” Don Hooton leans forward to grab his black-framed reading glasses and scoots his chair toward one of...

10 Reasons Kids Should Play Sports

Shari Medini | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

We are advocates of organized sports. We firmly believe that sports (when balanced with other activities) gives children the opportunity to grow into well-rounded, confident, hard-working adults.

The Cubs' Maddon Tells it Like it is for Kids' Coaches

Fred Engh | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

During our organization's interview with Joe Maddon, he made a statement about the importance of letting ALL kids on a team have the opportunity to play. He said: "Understand everybody plays, all right, everybody plays! If the kid is on the team, he plays."

Juice Boxes and Other Incentives for the 2016 Cubs

Greg Schwem | Posted 10.28.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Faster than you can say "dropped third strike," the Chicago Cubs transformed themselves from World Series contenders to "rebuilders." Or, baseball speak for, "we must get rid of a few guys."

A Super Bowl Champ Challenges You to Participate

Laura Goldman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Laura Goldman

Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins, now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, is known for his work ethic and competitiveness on the field. He is now using these skills off the field to light a fire under the next generation.

Jack Welch's Formula for Transforming Youth Sports

Ken Reed | Posted 10.26.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

Today, our kids' sports have been hijacked by adults who professionalize them and attempt to meet their own needs through youth sports. For the most part, these parents and coaches usually have good intentions but the damage to our young people is real nonetheless.

12-Year-Old Female Football Star On Why Girls Should Play Sports

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.21.2015 | Sports

A photo posted by Sam Gordon (@sam_gordon6) on Aug 14, 2014 at 7:45am PDT Football phenom Sam Gordon has been in the spotlight since she w...

Tom Brady is Right About Youth Sports

Fred Engh | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

I cringe when I think that today's kids probably haven't a clue as to what Tom Brady is talking about. Instead of playing any sport they want, whenever they want, they are pushed by their parents to be on travel teams in a season that seemingly never ends.