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For Our Children's Health, Keep Sports Fun

Dr. Alexis Colvin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Dr. Alexis Colvin

Parents proudly watching their aspiring major leaguers hit a home run, serve an ace in tennis, or lunge to stop a goal might find it hard to imagine that their child's success in sports could harm his or her health. But today, games like sandlot baseball often are not kid stuff anymore.

Qatar: The Other Story

Fred Engh | Posted 07.30.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

We've all read recently about the FIFA debacle. The one about how FIFA has been turned upside down by scandal in that millions of dollars have been lost through the greed of some seedy folks.

John Smoltz Issues Warning To Parents Of Young Baseball Players

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 07.27.2015 | Sports

Former MLB pitcher John Smoltz used some time during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech at Cooperstown on Sunday to warn of the "epidemic" of Tommy J...

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."

5 Telltale Signs the Coach Is a Bully

Emily Cohen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Sports
Emily Cohen

It's a tragic thing indeed, but sometimes the biggest bully on the team is the coach. Both of my kids have experienced bully coaches, to varying degrees and with different outcomes. It's never any fun. Here are five signs that the coach is a bully:

Power of the Permit: Improving Youth Sports Safety One Municipality at a Time

Brooke de Lench | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

If you are involved in a private youth sports program which plays on publicly-owned fields, diamonds, rinks, or courts, or are in local government, you have probably been hearing a lot lately about what is being dubbed the "power of the permit".

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.

King-Devick Concussion Test Should Be Part of High School Football

Ken Reed | Posted 07.10.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

In a few weeks, high school football teams across the country will be starting practice for the 2015 season. It's an exciting time for athletes, coaches and parents. However, before the players put on helmets and pads for the first time a concussion awareness protocol needs to be followed.

Detroit Kids Deserve Outdoor Adventures Too

Lisa Diggs | Posted 07.09.2015 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

When you grow up in a city, it's easy to become somewhat immune to the charms of the surrounding landscape. Skyline structures have often replaced towering trees. Parks are limited to small spaces between city blocks.

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.

And He Said, 'I've Damaged a Lot of Kids'

Fred Engh | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Fred Engh

To date, the National Alliance for Youth Sports has trained more than 3 million volunteer adults who act as coaches in youth sports programs across America through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

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.

Why Pope Francis Should Join My Board of Directors

Paul Caccamo | Posted 06.30.2015 | Sports
Paul Caccamo

Youth sports are in desperate need of reform. Less and less kids are playing sports in America and kids from disadvantaged economic backgrounds are...

6 Dos and Don'ts When the Sports Bully Finds Your Kid

Emily Cohen | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Emily Cohen

It's a shame and a pity that we have to teach our children lessons that the world can be such an unfriendly home, but it's an even bigger shame that we teach our children -- either directly or indirectly -- that it's OK to be a bully.

The NFL is at it, Again!

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact
Phyllis Sudman

We want to hear more positive football stories because they restore our faith in humanity (and maybe in the NFL). However, these particular stories also reveal a very serious problem. How is our medical system missing these potentially-fatal heart conditions in our young athletes?

How Do I Know if My Kid is Ready for Sports?

Fred Engh | Posted 06.25.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Every parent (well maybe not every parent) wants to get their child signed up for "little league." For the last 70 years, that's been the "in thing" with parents across America. We love sports and we want our child out there playing with the best of them

Amazing Video Sums Up The Hilarity That Is Kids' Sports

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents

For parents, summer means beach trips, barbecues and adorable little kids playing T-ball. Although, anyone who's watched Little League and the like kn...

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.

Pope Francis Calls for Youth Sports Shake-Up

Clark Power | Posted 06.16.2015 | Sports
Clark Power

This week, Pope Francis will release a hard-hitting encyclical letter on the environment that is creating a stir in and out of the Catholic Church. Francis does not shy away from controversy when human rights and welfare are concerned.

Americans Much More Likely To Prefer A Child Play Soccer Than Football

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.17.2015 | Sports

The sports we watch and the sports we want our children to play could not be more different.

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.

Institutionalized Rape Culture in Youth Sports: 3 Valuable Lessons

Dani Bostick | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Dani Bostick

I was an awkward, skirted-suit-wearing 7-year-old my first day of swim team practice in 1984. My participation on a USA Swimming team improved my confidence, provided me with life-long friends, and helped me develop physical fitness that I still maintain today as a 37-year-old mother of four. It was also in this context that I met my coach and rapist, Christopher Huott.

Always Slide Home

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

I soon learned that there would be a T-ball draft. Yep. This is a real situation. Coaches actually get together and haggle for players, half of whom can't even wipe their own butts, my son among them.

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.