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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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.23.2016 | 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 09.22.2016 | 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.

Concussion at Play: Get Involved to Protect Young Athletes

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 09.18.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Why is the number so high? In the realm of sports, there are many different voices that influence young people--parents, coaches, health care providers, school professionals, teammates, and even spectators.

Opportunity and Hope in America's Public Schools

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.18.2016 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Today's children are our nation's next generation of leaders. If we care about them, their future, and our nation's future, we must listen to their pleas and demand action and equity for all of our nation's public schools and students.

Warning: Might Be Good to Check Out Your Child's Coach

Fred Engh | Posted 09.17.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

You don't have to look very far in the news to read about coaches in youth sports. Sure, 99 percent of the stories are about "bad" coaches and never seem to focus on good coaches. I get that part, but trust me, there are too many "bad" people out there ruling the roost.

10 Signs You Are Coddling Your Young Athlete

Janis B. Meredith | Posted 09.10.2016 | Parents
Janis B. Meredith

Are you guilty of coddling your young athlete? It might be time for a sports parent self-assessment. Here are 10 signs you should not ignore.

Where are All the Women Coaches in Kids Sports?

Fred Engh | Posted 09.09.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

I get it. Some women are intimidated being out on the field. Our nonprofit organization was created for the very reason to help all adults understand the role of being a coach and to tell them that it's not all about winning games, it's about caring for kids.

7 Things Sports --and Wrestling--Taught My Sons That I Could Not

Michele Weldon | Posted 09.05.2016 | Parents
Michele Weldon

For millions of American parents, Saturdays -and Sundays-- are again fully booked with carpooling, cheering from the sidelines and unfortunately sooth...

The Coach Who Played the Role of a Doctor

Fred Engh | Posted 09.02.2016 | 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 09.01.2016 | 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 finding...

Why Parents Behave the Way They Do

Fred Engh | Posted 08.26.2016 | 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 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 08.26.2016 | 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 is ...

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 also the...

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 08.24.2016 | 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.