Youth Sports Blog Roundup for August 8th, 2012


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!

Kids and Competitive Sports: Too Much Pressure?

A child playing any sport that includes uniforms, umpires, coaches, players and parents will often sense an intense need that they succeed from the adults around them. That intense pressure contains all the elements that can cause eventual failure.

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INNOVATIONS IN SPORTS: Allowing Kids to Coach Kids – Part II

Judging from the response on my WFAN show this AM, this thought – that of allowing HS kids to coach LLers or kids on other youth teams – seems to be amazingly popular. We had call after call supporting the idea, and best of all, we had calls from as far away as Delaware and Michigan, all saying that this innovation should be readily adopted.

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Youth sports teams, parents and coaches hustle for cash to travel to tournaments

As fun and competitive as youth sports may be, it can also get really expensive.

Not only do parents have to deal with the hefty price for sports equipment, uniforms and entry fees, for the really elite teams, there are also the added expenses of travel, lodging and meals for national-level out-of-town tournaments.

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Softball Coaching Tips: Building Your Record vs Challenging Your Team

Some coaches do it on purpose, because for them it’s all about the win-loss record. They are known for sandbagging, i.e. playing in tournaments or leagues that are below the caliber of their teams to rack up easy Ws. Or they play to win in games where everyone else is trying to develop their weaker players.

Others do it more accidentally. Sometimes you don’t know how good your team is going to be so you pick tournaments or leagues you think are right, only to find out you’re better than you thought.

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Youth Coaches: Help Parents Be More Successful with More Color Commentary; Less Play-By-Play

My son was pitching the other day and he’d been grinding through a tough inning.  He’d issued a couple of walks and battled a couple of tough hitters who scratched for hits.  Alan needed the defense to make a play to get out of the jam . . . but the outfielder got a bad jump on a fly ball and it dropped in for a bloop hit.

I almost blurted out, “Come on, you’ve got to get a better jump on that ball.  That’s a catchable ball.”  Fortunately, I said nothing.  The outfielder’s parents were sitting near me and I’m sure a comment like that would have irritated them.  Had the roles been reversed, it would have irritated me.

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How much glory should coaches get for their athletes’ success?

Aly Raisman’s folks took some heat for their spectator-parent routines as Aly performed on the uneven bars during last week’s Olympic women’s team competition.

Personally I thought the hullaballoo was overdone. My own body contorted to and fro as she twisted and released. She isn’t even my daughter and I was watching from my couch!

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