Youth Sports Blog Roundup for July 17th, 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!

The drinking problem in youth sports

Almost every summer we hear about athletes becoming dehydrated. Symptoms can range from muscle cramping, nausea and vomiting to confusion, disorientation and heat stroke. If you’re an athlete (or have been one in the past), you may have experienced dehydration. No fun.

Sitting on the Sidelines? Tips for Surviving Travel Sports Trips

Some choose budget travel; others have budget travel thrust upon them. Legions of families will hit the road this summer to spend hundreds of hours sitting on fields or in rinks watching their children participate in travel sports. For many, these weekend trips have replaced traditional family vacations. It’s kind of like being sentenced to leisure prison since you have no say in the planning. These 5 tips can make your time less like a punishment and help you wring some pleasure out of your jock-strap holiday.

10 Facts to know before the buzzer sounds in youth sports

When sports parents enter the world of youth sports, they step into a different culture, with it’s own political problems, protocol, expectations, and demands.

If you are like I was, you may be thinking, I’m just signing my kids up for some fun, how hard can that be?

Yelling at the Officials in Youth Sports: Yes or No?

Yelling at the officials in youth sports seems to be the norm these days.

I was reminded of this last weekend at a volleyball tournament when the officials made a questionable call. As the coach, officials and team captain conferred, one mom kept yelling at the officials, telling them what to do. She did it over and over and over again.

Aside from the fact that it was annoying, I wondered what the officials were thinking. Did they even hear her?


Winning doesn’t make you a winner or something special,

Anymore than losing makes you a loser or something lesser,

It’s all in WHO you are and HOW you play the game…

Parents and Coaches: Reconciling the Differences

As a parent, you want your child to enjoy a great experience playing sports. You understandably look out for your child’s best interests and want to ensure that your son or daughter can succeed. In organized youth sports, however, your child’s path to success is not an independent one.