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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

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.

Youth Sports Burnout Driven by Achievement by Proxy Syndrome

Ken Reed | Posted 10.10.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

Simply put, when it comes to youth sports, as parents and coaches - as adults -- we need to chill out. Our sons and daughters almost assuredly aren't going to be pro athletes. Statisticians believe that you have a better chance of being murdered than becoming a professional athlete.

U.S. Failure To Ratify UN Convention on Rights of the Child Is Embarrassing and Unacceptable

Brooke de Lench | Posted 10.09.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

Child abuse is the most preventable youth sport injury. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse should not be the price children have to pay to play competitive sports. The status quo should and must be changed.

Youth Football - How Does it Survive? I Mean Really?

Fred Engh | Posted 10.07.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

As a former recreation professional, I've seen my share of youth football. But I have never seen the negative challenges such as it is facing today.

Tips for Raising a Well-Rounded Athlete Who Doesn't Burn Out Before Puberty

Lynn Perkins | Posted 10.13.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

As parents, it's tough to know if we should encourage our kids to commit to a sport in order to get really good at it (and maybe make the middle school and Varsity teams, or even have a shot at a college scholarship), or let them continue to dabble and simply have fun without pressure to excel.

Myths Every Soccer Parent Should Know

Beau Dure | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Beau Dure

The USA has a mosaic of youth leagues, organizations and clubs, each doing things a little differently and often getting in each other's way. We're a democratic and capitalist country, and in soccer, we take those traits to the extreme.

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.

Beyoncé, Ronda Rousey, and 'Do Nothing Bitches'

Emily Cohen | Posted 09.29.2015 | Women
Emily Cohen

Girls today must be raised to be predisposed to taking action and competing in sports is still the best way to instill that lesson. Competing in sports teaches girls self-reliance and self-respect, two of the most important lessons for how to be an adult.

The Coach Who Became 'Best Man'

Fred Engh | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

If you have ever thought about the impact that volunteer coaches have on your son or daughter, then you'll really like this next story. I was giving a talk to a group of youth sports administrators about the importance of coaches in their program being a positive influence.

Should We Teach Girls to Push?

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

From now on, in addition to zipping my lip on the sidelines, I am going to seek out opportunities to encourage my two daughters to push more--legally, of course. Life, after all, can be a contact sport.

Your Child's Coach Is a Jerk? Now You Can Let the League Know It

Fred Engh | Posted 09.23.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

Since parent evaluations are anonymous to the coaches, parents can provide honest feedback without fear of backlash or repercussion. The coach only sees their overall score for each key coaching area.

How An Apple Watch Helped Save A High School Football Player's Life

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 09.24.2015 | Sports

On the morning of Sept. 8, 18-year-old Paul Houle Jr. lined up in his nose tackle position at the year's first football practice, feeling healthy and...

Inspired by Our Future Women Cricketers

Nadia T. Gruny | Posted 09.22.2015 | Sports
Nadia T. Gruny

Because of these intelligent, talented, and inspiring girls, I believe that change will come. In fact, these girls represent the beginning of that change and eventually, they will be ready to pass on the baton and inspire others to keep working for a better cricket future.