Youth Sports Blog Roundup for July 31st, 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 Coach Knows Best. . .

I grew up playing sports. I played baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and ran track. I always listened to the coaches I had, and I did what they said, whether I agreed with them or not. I played where I was told to, and I played at the level I was placed by the coach. Never did my mom and dad “talk to” the coach to get me placed on a higher level than where I had been placed by the coach. I was taught to respect what the coach said, and that they were the ones that knew best about the sport, the needs of the team and where my talents best fit.

6 Summer Snacks Perfect for Practice

While we can’t make temperatures go down (as much as we wish we could), we can help you have a more comfortable and effective workout or practice session. By taking the weather into consideration when choosing practice snacks and foods, you can greatly improve your mood and your body’s movement in the heat. Here are six snacks that are perfect for summer:

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Looking the Part of a Softball Coach

Monkey see, monkey do.  We have all heard this saying, and when we have children, we understand the saying. What we don’t tend to take into account is the impact we have as adults in the simple four-word phrase.  Every action we commit, every word we say, children pay attention; they are sponges and they absorb the things we do and say and can mimic us at any given moment.  The same applies in athletics.

Making the Team – School Ball Softball

Here in Georgia, thousands of girls are gearing up for ‘school ball’ tryouts and workouts.  Each girl has a dream, to make the coveted school ball team, win over the coach and adorn a jersey in their schools colors. It’s a beautiful dream, one which can motivate the average player to step up her game, which empowers girls to set goals, and which enables parents a wonderful opportunity to teach their daughters VALUABLE  life lessons (If parents choose to look at it this way)

Hockey Participation in U.S. Down Slightly in 2012-13

When USA Hockey released its membership statistics a few weeks back, there was some good news and bad news. The bad news was that for the first time in four years, hockey participation didn’t grow in the United States. The good news is that the drop was minimal and hardly a cause for concern.


I was asked this question the other day at the rink,’As a head coach, what does it take to be a leader?’ I had to step back a minute to think about it. To think of the great coaches and players of the past and take a look inside them to identify what was their make-up, what was that outstanding characteristic that they had that made them an ultimate leader!