Youth Sports Blog Roundup for June 19th, 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!


Long after the bats and balls have been put away,the cheers have faded, and the tears have dried,the skates have started collecting dust in the attic, and the basketball has lost all it’s air, your child-athlete, now fully grown with his/her own family, will still be your child, your son or daughter!

What kind of relationship will you have with them and your future grandchildren now that the storms of youth sports have long since passed?

SPEED KILLS!!! Speed & Strength to Improve Sport Performance

Speed kills. Speed, agility, and quickness in sport gives an athlete an edge on his/her competition. And the great news is that “SAQ” can all be learned through technique training, proper drills, and hard work. If you’re wanting and willing to get faster, let’s dive (or sprint!) into the action.

My Arm Hurts!

As the parent of a little leaguer, this is the last thing you want to hear.  The remedy?  That depends on whom you talk to.  The coach says, “Shake it off”.  The family doctor says “rest”.   The physical therapist says, “take elastic tubing and do this” (enter your best John Travolta Saturday Night Fever rendition).  The new-age family friend blames it on the gluten.

Leadership and Other “Intangibles”

Coaches evaluate players both on their observable traits (athleticism, sports skills, body type) and less-obvious ones. This latter category includes several of the qualities discussed elsewhere on this blog (attitude, willingness to learn and prepare, and attention to detail).

Coaches: Key Players in Youth Sports

Coaches are key players in making sports experiences enjoyable and gratifying for youth.  Not only do coaches help kids have fun but they also play an important role in positive youth development.

12 Tips for Being a Supportive Sports Parent

Watching kids’ sports from the sidelines is pure pleasure for most parents who have active, sports-loving children. Some moms and dads coach teams or shuttle their young sports enthusiasts to practices and games hassle-free, with little or no accompanying drama.