Youth Sports Blog Roundup for February 27th, 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!

Coach Code of Ethics

  • will be a positive role model on and off the field.
  • will monitor student’s grades and see that they are achieving in the classroom.
  • will provide a safe learning environment for his players in practice and during games.
  • will use losing and winning as an opportunity to teach young athletes how to handle these situations properly.

Pick-Up Sports: A Vital Part of Athlete Development

One of the most disturbing trends I have noticed over this period is the diminishment in unstructured, adult-free pick-up sports as a part of a child’s athletic routine. As parents strive to give their children access to the opportunities they never had, less structured experiences like pick-up sports seem to have become viewed as unsafe and unproductive.


There are an estimated 300,000 sports-related concussions each year in the United States. The CDC states that approximately 50% of Sports injuries and deaths are Preventable, Not Accidental. They are Not inherrent or natural to the games that Athletes play. Reducing these Preventable, Not Accidental concussions will reduce the anual concussion rate by approximately 150,000 injuries. These are the targeted Concussions of this publication. That would be a significant Athlete Safety improvement.

Play street soccer to hone your skills

Here are some street soccer games that are kid friendly and fun. The kids must be able to experiment with the ball when there is no one telling them what to do.

Check out these young players, coaching sessions and professionals training…see if you can get your kids to implement some of these ideas on their own.

The Responsibility and Privilege of Coaching Youth Sports

Coaching youth sports over the past several years has been one of my best experiences.  Although my dad was a youth sports coach, and my brother was a coach at the collegiate level, I never thought I would coach.

I thought, “no chance!”  Now I’m hooked and realize what great responsibility comes with it, and what a privilege it is.

More Reasons To Be Careful About Return To Play After Concussion

It seems we are bombarded with new information about concussions on an almost daily basis, and here is even more information to cause us to stop and consider the best time to return a young athlete to play.  A recently published study showed that cognitive and functional deficits persisted in young athletes after sport related concussion out to 2 months after the concussion.  A group of concussed athletes were followed after girls soccer headerconcussion and tested at certain intervals.   The concussed athletes were compared to a normal group of athletes also tested at the same time periods.  The study showed statistically significant deficits in the concussed group compared to the control group in attention and task-switching at all time points tested, although the concussed group did improve over time.