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My Son Is Not 'Just' A House Hockey Player

Caurie Putnam | Posted 03.27.2017 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

It happened again last night. My family was out to dinner and the waitress noticed my son’s Bauer hockey jacket with his youth hockey program patch ...

Finish Your Sports Season Strong

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.27.2017 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

For athletes in many winter sports, the competitive season is almost over. After many days of practice and competing, the end is in sight. At this lat...

How To Afford Youth Sports On A Budget

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 02.20.2017 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

It’s safe to say sports run in our family. And though I never was an athlete, we do surround ourselves with sports. We work for an NBA team and regi...

Here's What Young Athletes Really Need

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.14.2017 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

I come to this article from two directions. First, as a sport psychologist who has worked athletes and their parents for decades. There is no doubt th...

Leading CTE Expert Speaks Out

Ken Reed | Posted 01.06.2017 | Sports
Ken Reed

Ann McKee, M.D., is a neuropathologist who specializes in neurodegenerative disease, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), at Boston Unive...

Is Media Use Hurting Student Athletes?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.04.2017 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to athletes when they’re training including standing around before drills (no intensity), chatting it up wi...

Club Sports Are Hurting Young Athletes

Ken Reed | Posted 01.04.2017 | Sports
Ken Reed

The truth is, in the vast majority of cases, specializing in one sport as a young athlete is the wrong way to go.

6 'Plansafe' Sports Actions For The Allergy Population

Candice Minch | Posted 12.05.2016 | Parents
Candice Minch

The importance of sports and physical activity for everyone can't be disputed, including the food allergy population!

Fighting The 'Trump Effect' In Youth Sports

Brooke de Lench | Posted 11.21.2016 | Parents
Brooke de Lench

The media has been reporting extensively on what the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project has dubbed the “Trump Effect”: the...

Are We Starting Organized Sports Too Early?

Carissa Howard | Posted 08.04.2016 | Parents
Carissa Howard

I would love, love, love for my children to have a group of friends to roam through our woods and neighborhood with. I have many fond childhood memori...

'You Could Have Killed My Son'

Fred Engh | Posted 06.29.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

Speaking to various youth sports organizations throughout my career, I'm often floored by the number of stories people will come up and tell me afterward. I kept a diary of all these stories, and as I reflect back they never cease to amaze me.

Have We Lost Our Compassion? Can Our School System Help?

Rob Furman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

I believe that as an educator I look at world affairs a little differently than the average or typical citizen. As an educator, I look at what is happening in the nation and in the world and tend to make judgement based on our educational system.

Is My Kid Playing or Competing?

Fred Engh | Posted 05.31.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

If you're a parent who is about to have kids enter the world of little league, then it's important for you to know the difference between play and competition. Oh, there is a difference alright.

Lessons From the Sidelines

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents
Heather Gillis-Harris

Lately, I need to put myself in check. I'm becoming "that" parent. Something I swore I'd never become, a dreaded "bleacher coach."

Your Jaw Will Drop Watching This Kid Score A 'Scorpion' Goal

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.05.2016 | Sports

Fretting over Brazil's soccer future? Some acrobatic -- and entertaining -- help could be on the way. In a video posted Thursday, Thomas Luciano of Br...

Anatomy Of A Little League Game

Julianna W. Miner | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Julianna W. Miner

I thought I'd share the experience of managing three kids and a Little League game on a school night, for those of you unfamiliar with it.

The Late-Bloomer Advantage in Sports

Michael Schulder | Posted 05.05.2016 | Sports
Michael Schulder

The future of sports may belong to late-bloomers. To a significant degree, it already does. The latest late-bloomer to make news -- in motion in the green sneakers -- is quarterback Carson Wentz. Last week, Wentz became the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Could Your Child Survive This Crisis?

Fred Engh | Posted 05.04.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

Have you, as a parent, ever checked to see who is around to help provide first aid in the event of a serious injury to your child? The coach, you say? Well, before depending on your child's coach, it might be wise to talk to them.

Take this test to see if your kid can make it in sports

Fred Engh | Posted 04.22.2017 | Sports
Fred Engh

Ok, so your kid can catch, throw, hit, run and jump better than any kid in his school for his "age group." And it's the same for any team he plays on...

Ice Dreams

Curtis Rogers | Posted 04.16.2017 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

The thought flashed into my head as I sat in the stands of the Big Dipper Ice Arena here in Fairbanks recently and watched Eli score his first goal ever.

7 Things Parents Can Say and Do at the End of a Sports Season

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.09.2017 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The conclusion of a sports season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents of athletes. The excitement comes when your young athletes have just concluded a season that exceeded their (and your) expectations.

Why Little League Matters

John Donaldson | Posted 04.09.2017 | Parents
John Donaldson

As I write this, millions of boys and girls around the world are beginning another baseball and softball season in more than 6,800 Little League progr...

In Praise of Division III Athletics

L. Jay Lemons | Posted 04.08.2017 | Sports
L. Jay Lemons

Division III, the largest grouping in the NCAA's membership, aspires to be the purist form of intercollegiate athletic competition. As there are no athletic scholarships, all athletes compete for the love of sport.

Where Character Education Is Undone

Shauna Letellier | Posted 04.06.2017 | Parents
Shauna Letellier

Our children, our young people, the ones we've been spouting all our positive mottos to, they are the witnesses, and sometimes the imitators, of the most distressing display of all: our blind hypocrisy.

The Immature Parent in Youth Sports

Fred Engh | Posted 03.30.2017 | Parents
Fred Engh

Immature parents are what give youth sports a black eye. These kinds of parents don't anticipate the consequences of their boorish behavior but just act impulsively without thinking. Immature parents don't take responsibility for their behavior but instead blame the referee.