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 Injuries: Consider the Big Picture
When your kid gets an injury that sidelines him or her, do you look at the big picture? Do you talk toughness – playing through pain like Ripken and Gehrig? Or do you take a more cautious approach? When your kid is sidelined, does he or she understand the big picture?
Help your child learn to celebrate the small victories as well as the big
We’ve always celebrated the wins. Who doesn’t? But one season, we learned that when the big victories don’t come, it is just as important to celebrate the small ones.
Tired of Missed Tackles- Simple Fix- The Tennis Ball Solution
“Grab, grab, grab, everyone is grabbing out there, no one is tackling” if you’ve ever watched any of that old NFL films footage you will remember that scene with NFL legend Vince Lombardi. Coach Lombardi was obviously upset at the lack of good tackling technique from his Packer defensive players, the expression on his face and the tone of his voice were priceless.
Take Responsibility for Your Coaching Mistakes
Just as players make errors of judgment along with other mistakes, expect that you too will experience the same—especially if you’re new to coaching. How you handle these moments will often affect the way in which your players view you.
Try To Stay Out of Your Kid’s Way
How many times have we all watched in disbelief as our own child did something on a sports field that we thought was totally unimaginable? How many times have we openly shouted disapproval during a game when the unimaginable event took place? I’m going to guess that applies to a lot of us. It certainly applies to me.
Why Youth Sports Matter: A Call for Raising 21st-Century Leaders
I know my own time as a young athlete prepared me for today’s tumultuous global environment in ways I never could have imagined. Those countless hours in the sun and gym forged something in me that I’ve had to rely on over and over again in my adult life, especially during the hardest times when many would crawl in a corner and sob.