Youth Sports Blog Roundup for April 24th, 2013


Below you will find a few of our favorite blog posts that are related to youth sports, youth sports coaching and sports parenting from the past few weeks. Please feel free to visit each and we hope you find them as helpful as we do!

Sports Gear Organization

This week marks the beginning of the season for many spring sports and with a new sport season often comes new sport gear.  How do you keep your sport gear organized—especially if you have multiple children playing multiple sports?  The first thing you need to do is establish a “sport zone” in your house.  Designating one area where sports items go will save you lots of time in trying to find equipment, uniforms, etc.  Your “zone” doesn’t have to be big—you can make even the smallest of spaces work for you and your family.  

Coaching: Art or Science?

Let me begin by posing a question for you to ponder aimed at the core of your coaching philosophy. Is training young athletes to get bigger, faster, and stronger a sports science or an art form? Do you believe the science, research or training methods are most important? Or do you believe that the art of coaching and working with youth is more important than any science or training methods?

Developing Confidence in Young Players

Motivation, confidence, skill and talent are all interconnected, and are especially important at a young age. Children with low confidence tend to lack motivation. This lack of motivation leads to a reluctance to try and a lack of effort. Lack of focused effort leads to lower skill and low skill usually leads to a lack of confidence…the downward spiral (pictured here) has started. But let’s flip this around…

Strategies for dealing with Tough Coaches

We hear from players all the time that they have coaches that they don’t like or don’t like them. Either way it affects a child’s performance whether positively or negatively.

It is then necessary for them to know how to deal with these tough coaches to maintain their focus in and out of the game.

Youth Sports – Walk the Line

The Rutgers Scandal from last week is still reverberating throughout mainstream and sports conversations as more information is being brought to light – new video evidence showing assistant Men’s Basketball coach Jimmy Martelli taking the Mike Rice show to a new level.  Now Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has been fired and there is a question if President Robert Barchi should step down as well – what a mess.