Youth Sports Blog Roundup for August 14th, 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!

Is a bloody fight coming to your youth sports program next?

The way things are going these days, why bother forking over big bucks for pay-for-view UFC fights?

You can catch all the vicious punches, kicks, blood and broken bones right down the street at your local youth sporting event for nothing.

Just ask those who attended a recent T-ball game in South Bend, Ind.

Gender Equity At the High School Level

As we were doing research on the representation of women in leadership positions in the high school sport workplace, it is clear that women remain in the minority.  The work of Nicole LaVoi and Cindra Kamphoff, documented in a Women in Coaching Blog post last March, revealed that women make up less than 40% of coaches working with female athletes, 7.5% of coaches working with male athletes, and 27.5% of all head coaches at the high school level.

Becoming More Than a Bystander — On and Off the Field

If there’s one thing that youth sports teaches us, it’s teamwork — and not just among the kids on the field. Every day, parents and coaches and children across the country collaborate and communicate with each other at game time, whether they’re on the basketball court or baseball diamond. It’s that intimacy that makes youth athletics so special.

How a competent coach can transform an athlete

The need and importance of a trained coach cannot be deprived as they are responsible for transforming your skills and showing you the right path to move up in the respective sport. It does not matter what kind of sports you are interested in but most important is how your coach guides you and makes you well versed with the different approaches of the game and develops the sportsperson within you.

Help for THAT Parent

When I told a friend that I was going to write a post on how not to be THAT parent, he pointed out that THAT parent usually didn’t recognize themselves as such, so the people that really need the advice were not going to think they needed it. He has a point there. So I devised this little test based on behaviors that I have witnessed to help you identify yourself in case your family hasn’t yet staged an intervention. Just answer the following questions with a simple yes or no.

How to turn your kids off sports for life.

“Jesus! Who’s in the goal?” the woman standing to my right on the side of the soccer field shouted.

“What are you doing out there? Get the ball!”

I wanted to tell this lady to shut up. For one, she was not supposed to be standing on the coaches’ side of the field. Secondly, the goalie, the one who just let another goal slip past her, was my daughter.