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The Coach Who Played the Role of a Doctor

Fred Engh | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Obviously, not all youth football coaches are frustrated, never-made-it-to-the-next-level guys. But a great number are, and they are out there on football fields across America preaching the need to win at all costs to kids as young as 5 years old.

The Coach is a Bully: Now What?

Emily Cohen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Emily Cohen

If inaction or retaliation results, you -- and your athlete -- must be prepared to leave the team. It isn't fair, but the bottom line is that the current situation is destructive and intolerable -- and you need to protect your kid as well as your values.

U.S. and Japan Score 29 Runs, Set Little League World Series Record

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.31.2015 | Sports

The Little League World Series ended on Sunday, with Japan beating the U.S. 18-11 in a wild 29-run affair in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After f...

Why Parents Behave the Way They Do

Fred Engh | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

I often have wondered why he, and so many of us (yes, us) are so wrapped up in our child's sports experience that we will go to drastic measures...like being fired. I called on Dr. Dan Wann, a noted psychologist from Murray State University, and here's what he had to say.

525,600 Students

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Phyllis Sudman

Tragedy is not the end, but a chance at a new beginning. Tragedy will define a particular moment or period in our life, but from that instant, we can change the narrative and our metric. From this day forward, how will you measure a year?

Uganda And Taiwan Little League World Series Teams Show What Sports Should Really Be About

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.25.2015 | Sports

The famous Vince Lombardi line, "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" is often times quoted as a truism, but it's not. Winning ...

Thanks To This High School Girl, Hitting Off A Tee Has Never Been So Cool

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.24.2015 | Sports

Hitting coaches love putting their pupils through tee work. It's by far the most boring and rote batting drill there is in baseball, but it's als...

Let This Kid's On-Point Bat Flip Guide Your Monday

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.25.2015 | Sports

Watch out, Bryce Harper. The boldest, smoothest-swinging left-handed hitter in the United States isn't you anymore, bud. It's this 4-year-old.   ...

Little League Pitcher Totally In Awe After Giving Up Grand Slam

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 08.24.2015 | Sports

You win some, you lose some. And sure, victory is sweet, but then there are some losses where you just have to bow down and respect your opponent's ga...

When Should Your Young Athlete Specialize?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

This question torments every parent who wants to support their children's efforts as they pursue their own personal greatness in a sport. It is also one of the most frequently asked questions I get from parents of young athletes.

Now...What Was Her Name?

Fred Engh | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Okay, here's a test for those of you who played sports when you were a kid at nine years old. Ready? Tell me the name of the coach of your team. Now tell me the name of your 4th grade teacher.

Why Kids Shouldn't Specialize In One Sport

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

Even parents who aren't looking to create the next Tiger Woods feel like they have no choice but to reluctantly buy into the trend. But does early specialization build a better athlete? Growing research suggests it doesn't.

NFL Star Takes Away His Sons' Participation Trophies

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.17.2015 | Sports

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The Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports

Edwin Moses | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. Social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years.

'I Do' vs. 'I Can': Marriage Equality and Youth Sports

Paul Caccamo | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Paul Caccamo

Sports programs must be inclusive of all youth, and coaches must be trained to value and promote diversity and inclusion. We simply cannot afford to have any child drop out of sports based on prejudice.

Taekwondo Tyke Has The Hardest Time Breaking This Darn Board

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.10.2015 | Sports

This child entered his taekwondo lesson as a small boy and left as a young martial artist. To achieve his new status, however, he had to ove...

10-Year-Old Girl Becomes Youngest Swimmer At A World Championship

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.07.2015 | Sports

For the typical elementary school swimmer, being able to dog paddle in the pool is an accomplishment. But 10-year-old Alzain Tareq isn't your typical...

Can Youth Sports Cultivate Children That Can't Play Very Well?

Quora | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Quora

Let's start with a little context. I have two boys. Both are in sports at a young age level (ten and six). My oldest competed in Tae Kwon Do tournaments in the past (won some trophies) and now is focused on basketball, soccer, and baseball. His choices, not ours, which is how it should be.

Taking On The Staggering Decline Of Youth Sports Programs

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 08.05.2015 | Sports

For many of today's star athletes, involvement in sports at a young age provided refuge from problems at home, or opened doors to a college education ...

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".