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Youth Sports

All For One and One For All

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 02.27.2015 | Sports
Heather Gillis-Harris

These boys will always be connected. When they reminisce at their 20th high school reunion, in between talking about their jobs and families, I hope they reflect on this game. The game when they were 10-years-old and discovered the true meaning of team.

'Little Ballers' Is A Documentary The Whole Family Needs To Watch

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

Different players across the NBA have something in common: they once played basketball with the AAU, aka the Amateur Athletic Union, a non-profit orga...

When Your Child Wants to Quit a Sport

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

In the final analysis, though sports may teach many good and important lessons, the most important lesson is to advocate for your child, so that she knows she can count on you to be in her court, right or wrong.

The Link Between Youth Sports And High Profile Athlete Misconduct

Jen Cohen | Posted 02.19.2015 | Sports
Jen Cohen

In the weeks leading up to the mother of all football events, the Super Bowl, there was no shortage of defining moments for me to tell my 13-year-old twin athletes: "Be humble -- first, last and always."

The Mental Abuse Of Young Athletes

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 02.13.2015 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

A bruise or slap will heal. A young athlete hearing that he is "selfish and not good enough" will last much longer. I can still hear the terrible things my high school coach told me, and I've been out of high school for years.

Cultivating Our Young Athletes

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 02.05.2015 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

If a player is a star in high school, the idolization starts early. The loudest voices in the athlete's ear say, "You'll be a pro someday! Yes, do your schooling, but you don't have to work too hard because one day you'll be rich!"

Five Practices That Promote Cheating in Sports

David Briggs | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In building a profile of someone likely to cheat, you might start by imagining an individual full of hubris who is driven to succeed by any means possible. Would this description fit anyone within the New England Patriots organization?

Youth Sports: For Everyone or Elites?

Beau Dure | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Beau Dure

Soccer is the shining example of U.S. sports trends today -- it's getting more serious, with youth clubs scrambling for places in national competitions, while fewer kids are playing.

From Trauma to Drama: A Perspective on Head Injuries in Football

Philip Hunt | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Philip Hunt

The game of football is being highly scrutinized and rightfully so. Wait, what? Yes, I think that there should be a national conversation about football and all other activities that could lead to concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

WATCH: Overzealous Dad Breaks Hockey Glass, Gets Yelled At

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.23.2015 | Sports

Dear Parents, Please, don't be like Paul. Paul gets a little too "into" his kid's hockey games. He yells at the refs; he bangs on the glass; he sha...

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

Ginny Gilder | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Ginny Gilder

No matter your age, sports are supposed to be fun. Certainly that should be especially true in childhood. Most kids know that, and that's how it should be.

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...

Making the Right Call When Faced With a Bad One

Gary Karton | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Gary Karton

We need to remember that our kids are playing in a youth rec league. They're going to get youth-rec-league-quality officiating. The bad calls are probably going to even themselves out and if these officials are not driven away, they'll continue to gain experience, they'll continue to get better, and there will be fewer bad calls.

12 Ways to Be a Happier Sports Parent in 2015

Anne Josephson | Posted 01.09.2015 | 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.

Separate And Unequal: The Moral Challenge For Youth Sports in America

Clark Power | Posted 12.31.2014 | Sports
Clark Power

Many find youth sports to be an outlet for their parental care as well as for their passion for sports and competition. Sadly, their children's sports activities can so consume parents that they lose sight of what is best for their own children as well as the plight of children from less advantaged circumstances.

The Anxiety And Depression Of Young Athletes

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 12.30.2014 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

When I was 10, basketball was just a fun sport to play with friends by running up and down a court. But today? The pressure is excessive, and it's starting earlier and earlier.

Should My Child Play Football?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 12.30.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

All sports, like life itself, involve risks. Unless we intend to keep our children by our sides, safe from the potential of injury, growing up entails dangers to life and limb.

WAAC And PAAC Are At The Root Of Youth And High School Sports Problems

Ken Reed | Posted 02.21.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

Our overarching challenge as people who care about sports and the young people involved in them is to confront and overcome the win-at-all-costs (WAAC) and profit-at-all-costs (PAAC) mentalities that are resulting in a variety of insidious abuses in our little leagues and high schools.

How Parents Can Be the Ultimate Spoilsports

Dr. Wendy Rice | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Wendy Rice

You cannot give or praise your children into having good self-esteem. You can, however, support them in a loving, positive way while they find their own path to those good feelings about their own abilities and character.

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.

On Being Cold, Tired, and Hungry... And a Jerk!

Carrie Kenny | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

"Tournament." Where you can make major parenting mistakes, learn a lot about yourself, and get an opportunity for a real life lesson.

A Call to Action: Youth Sports Reform

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 12.21.2014 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

Unfortunately, we are now seeing our young athletes dropping out of organized sports at record levels: according to an annual survey conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association,

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.