Youth Sports Blog Roundup for February 13th, 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!

Does Your Child Understand How to Succeed in Sports?

Success in sports comes in different forms. The most obvious one is derived from your child’s ability to play a sport well. He or she wins. The team wins. Everyone wants to play with your son or daughter.

Sounds good, doesn’t it. But how does your child become one of these players?

Body Checking 101

Hockey is a contact sport, and that contact includes the all-important body check. Coaches and players must understand how to body check properly and within the rules—insist on sticks and elbows down—to play successful hockey.

OBNOXIOUS SPORTS PARENTS: Don’t Make the Mistake of Making “Special Requests” at Sign-up Time

It’s that time of year when Moms and Dads are eagerly signing up their youngsters for spring sports…and when that happens, invariably lots of special requests and favors are being asked of the volunteers who run the registration desks. Requests like:

“Can you arrange to have my son be on the same team with Joey? They’re best friends…”

Is Cheerleading a Sport?

But something else crossed my Twitter feed this week that caught my eye: the number of catastrophic injuries, including concussions, sustained by a group of athletes in a sport that many don’t consider a sport: cheerleading. And yes, I called them athletes, because that’s what they are. If you think cheerleading only involves a few dance moves and shaking pom-poms, you haven’t seen cheerleaders lately.

3 ways youth sports parents turn athletes into jerks

We’ve all see those cocky athletes in youth sports that annoy the crap out of us. In fact, your child probably has some on his team. Hopefully, your child is not one of them.

What makes kids like that?

I think it’s safe to say that parents play a huge role in shaping their kids’ character. And there are some definite things parents do that can almost guarantee that their kids will end up jerks.

6 good reasons to play a college sport, even if you didn’t get a scholarship

Despite the obvious superior gene pool, oodles of natural talent, years of travel teams, weeks of camps, hours and hours of private instruction and a tremendous cash outlay, your kid didn’t get the athletic scholarship you were dreaming of. Well, don’t feel bad. Only about 2 percent of high school athletes actually get an athletic scholarship, and most of them only get a partial scholarship. It doesn’t mean the end of the road for your athlete. Even if there’s not a scholarship involved, there are still plenty of reasons to participate in college athletics.