Youth Sports Blog Roundup for June 5th, 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 Hockey: Unbelievable Fight

You just have to watch it. You will not believe it. The fight between two Russian youth hockey teams (U12) was so big that the two refs could not do anything about it. Where were the coaches during this? The parents behind the glass just watched. No one in the stands seems overly concerned. Perhaps they were as stunned as I was just watching the video. I find this video a bit hard to believe.

Sports Equipment and Lessons for Your Child

Whether it’s simply a ball, athletic shoes, or an entire set of protective gear, each sport has its own requirements. As the parent of a young child starting out in sports, you may wonder how much (and when) you should invest in equipment. Providing individual or group lessons for your child is another decision you may face.

LEGAL CONCERNS: When Kids Kill Refs….

It’s still hard to believe that a 17-year-old soccer goalie – apparently upset by being tagged with a yellow card in a soccer match – was so incensed that he went up to the unsuspecting ref and punched him hard enough in the head to kill him.

The Extra’s Part 1, by Coach Brian

One thing that I have tried to change about my diet is the philosophy “training to eat” into “eating to train”.  This is nothing profound, but it is a great approach to thinking about what you are eating.  You wouldn’t buy a really expensive sports car and put low grade fuel in it, would you? 

Fix Fears of Going to Running Camp

Not all youth runners are excited about heading off to running camp. Many parents are faced with a dilemma. They have the good intention to help develop their son or daughter into the best runner they can possibly be. And summer running camp is an ideal way to stimulate their running, kick them into gear to prepare them for the upcoming cross-country season. But, not all runners are ready to head off to a camp. Some youth experience a bit of anxiety with the prospect of heading off to camp. Parents are left to debate, convince or soothe their youth runner over the whole camp idea.

Marathon Training: Respect the Heat

I’m at the two week countdown to marathon day and my confidence heading into the race is at the lowest point that it has been this training cycle. My major goal for last week was to get in a final, solid 20+ mile training run. Well, I ran 20 miles last Tuesday, and it was far from solid. In fact, it bordered on disastrous.