Youth Sports Blog Roundup for January 30th, 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!

Youth Sports: Winning at all Costs

During a cross country race in Burlanda, Navarre, Ivan was outpaced by Abel Mutai, the London Olympic Bronze Medalist in the 3000M. Ivan ran a good race, but trailed Abel by a wide margin entering the final stretch. Abel, who had an unsurmountable lead, pulled up 10 meters short of the finish line thinking that he had won. Ivan caught up and could have easily passed Abel, but he didn’t. Instead he used gestures to communicate to the Kenyan and pushed him ahead and across the line to win the race.

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The Three Phases of Learning

When I’m adding a new drill, exercise or small-sided game to a training session I know that the players will go through three separate phases of learning; first, they need to focus on the framework and rules of the activity, then they can pay attention to the technique that the activity requires. Only then can they play with the necessary speed and intensity that will replicate a game situation.

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Kids’ Sports Injury Prevention Tips

Scrapes and bumps are an easy fix—just slap on an ice pack or bandage and your guy’s good to go. But kids’ injuries have taken a turn for the serious, according to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Over a ten-year period, researchers found a 400 percent increase in school-age knee injuries, including tears in the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament, which helps hold the knee together) and the meniscus (the cartilage in the knee).

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3 Important Tips for Coaching Youth or High School Sports

There are countless benefits for young athletes who participate in youth or high school sports. The activity involved in most sports gives them enough exercise to help them burn fat and stay healthy. It is also a good way for athletes to make new friends and to learn how to work well with others in group settings. If you are a coach, you have a pretty tough job. It is your responsibility to not only teach fundamentals of your chosen sport, but to also play a large role in helping to shape the character of those who are on your team. There are a few things you should know and keep in mind about coaching that will help you to be effective in carrying out your duties.

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3 Key Traits You Must Instill In Your Kids

Before the ice hockey season officially began for my three boys, our club held its annual mandatory parents meeting. On a crisp fall night, about 200 hockey moms and dads packed into a local elementary school cafeteria. This was the last of three possible meetings parents could attend. The standing room only crowd proved that I wasn’t the only procrastinator.

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The Importance of Team Roles for Young Players

To provide opportunities for young players to succeed, you should identify the roles best suited to each player—the ones which enable them to immediately contribute to the team.

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