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Youth Sports

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

Ken Reed | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.

Notes From The Losing Team

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Ferrier

I don't care what you tell your children about sportsmanship -- if you're not living it yourself from the sidelines, it doesn't mean anything.

20 Reasons Your Preschooler Should Do Sports (That Have Nothing To Do With Learning Sports)

Anne Josephson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Anne Josephson

What if Johnny never learns how to do a cartwheel? Or if Janie never scores a goal? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a sports readiness class? Yes, I say. Absolutely yes.

10 Things I Learned About Teaching From My Kids' Coaches

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Education
Grete DeAngelo

As a teacher and a parent, I'm always looking for role models on how to do my job better, and some of the best examples I've seen have been my kids' coaches.

6 Tips to Help Parents Enjoy Youth Soccer Again

Cort Ruddy | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

As a father of four, a long-time soccer fan and a youth soccer coach, here are a few tips that can improve your enjoyment of the so-called beautiful game.

With Youth Baseball Participation Declining, Pitch In for Baseball Seeks to Give Kids the Tools Necessary to Play

Alicia Jessop | Posted 10.25.2014 | Sports
Alicia Jessop

With the costs of baseball soaring and participation in America's pastime declining, one man has set out to give children around the world an opportunity to enjoy baseball by providing them with free baseball equipment.

7 Guides for Parents to Help Their Children through Competitive Youth Football

Michael Gervais, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Michael Gervais, Ph.D.

Though young athletes handle pressure differently, parents of youth football players often experience their own anxiety not knowing how to help their children navigate a stressful experience.

Back to School, Back to Sports, Time to Huddle Up About Sports Safety

Kate Carr | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But too many kids are stuck on the sidelines because of an injury that is preventable. In 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the

When a Little League Injury Is a Major League Problem

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 10.12.2014 | Sports
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

Kids as young as six and seven now routinely play one sport all year round, not just to the detriment of their experience, but increasingly at their physical peril.

What Parents and Young Athletes Need to Know About Marfan Syndrome

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

Marfan syndrome is a diagnosis easy to miss unless one deliberately considers it and pays a great attention to detail. If your young son or daughter is playing basketball or volleyball and you are hearing the comments above, please take him or her to a physician for the appropriate tests -- at the very least to rule the condition out and have some peace of mind.

If Soccer Parents Ran the World Cup

Greg Schwem | Posted 09.01.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

FIFA, I've read the World Cup rule book. Save yourself future agony and consider making the following changes, preferably immediately, but at least before the 2018 tournament commences.

When It Comes to Sports, America's Youth Are Goal-Driven

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 08.30.2014 | Sports
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

These statistics tell only part of the story, as does the continued investment into these sports on the professional, collegiate, high school and youth league levels from heavy hitters like TV networks, top brands and advertisers.

Are You Pushing Your Kid to Play Sports?

Caren Chesler | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Caren Chesler

The skating teacher tried to pry Eddie off the wall, but he held his grip. She then backed away and held her hands out, asking him to skate toward her. He was reluctant at first, but slowly let go of the wall and began marching in her direction, arms out like an airplane, knees bent.

Confessions of a Baseball Mom

Debra Pickett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

It was like I'd just hopped out of my station wagon with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other, leaving a toddler rolling around, unbuckled in the back. In some places, not having your entire life's schedule dictated by your 7-year-old's sports team makes you kind of a bad a**.

How I Became One of THOSE Moms

Mimi James | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Mimi James

Soon, I, the carefree, all-about-personal-convenience mom, was driving my son to different cities around California for weekend tournaments.

Money and Happiness

Anita Casalina | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness. It may interest you to know that Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School says, "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right." His study found that what generates happiness is spending it on others.

Everything I Need to Know About Parenting I Learned From Baseball

Sarah Trillin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

It seems to me that during the past decade, there have been endless discussions about how we as parents are failing to let our kids fail.

This Mouthguard Knows If You're At Risk Of Concussion

The Huffington Post | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology

When Anthony Gonzales received a hard tackle while playing rugby in 2011, he didn't know if he had a concussion -- despite showing possible symptoms. ...