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!
You want to micromanage every aspect of your child’s sport experience, shield him or her from the slings and arrows of an outrageous bounce/call/seeding, from the pain of losing, that you grasp ever tighter to every aspect of the experience. But, for your athlete to get the most adaptive growth out of the experience, for them to truly become the athletes they need to be (and this may entail not becoming athletes), you must practice the skill of letting go.
As sports parents, we watch closely what goes on the field. But the skills of the adults off the field are critical in the event of a child’s injury.
Concussions happen more often, and in more sports than just Football—and it affects the health and well-being of our children. Parents know their children’s behaviour better than anyone and can identify signs of concussion early when they know what to look for.
My son has been in karate now for almost a year. He is doing really well, progressing at a steady rate. He asked me the other day if he could do something else besides karate, and the great parenting fork in the road was placed before me: Should I make him continue going, or let him quit? He’s eight years old and I am not expecting to raise another Chuck Norris, but I like what karate offers in respect to discipline and exercise. He enjoys it too. I’m not making him go, but I am concerned over his disinterest.
Over the past 10 years, organized youth sports have been elevated to a whole new level of importance and competitive nature by both parents and athletes. The once opportunity to get kids off the couch and out of the house, has now become an obsession, supposed ticket to free college, and a quick pathway to potentially serious injuries. According to a survey done by Michigan State in January 2012, over 35 million kids’ ages 5 to 18 years old participated in organized youth sports that year. Of those 35 million, 1 in 6,000 will make it to the NFL, 1 in 10,000 will make it to the NBA, and 1 in 90 will receive a full ride to a Division I or Division II college.
Cameron Lyle, 21, is a shot put star at the University of New Hampshire. CBS reports that he spent the past 8 years training for his final America East conference this month, but earlier this year he decided to end his career just months shy of the competitions in order to become a bone marrow donor.