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!
5 Things Coaches Don’t Want to Hear From Your Child
Sometimes youth sports coaches want to plug their ears. There are some things they simply do not want to hear from their players.
If your young athlete wants to get along, have favor with, and stay on the coach’s radar, encourage him not to say these things around his coach.
The Car Cone of Silence
Sometimes, a kid just has to vent– about a coach, about a teammate, about a bad call, a bad play or a bad bounce. And that’s okay. I think we get so caught up in the whole positive parenting, positive attitude thing that sometimes we forget to acknowledge that kids have frustrations, anger and disappointments, and they need a safe place to express those feelings. A place where it’s not directed at a coach, teammate, or official.
The challenge of multi-ligament knee injuries
A tremendous amount of debate exists among sports medicine surgeons as to the optimal methods for treating these injuries surgically. The timing of surgery, one versus two surgical procedures, repairing the ligaments versus reconstructing new ones, and the optimal grafts to use vary from surgeon to surgeon. It’s fair to say that treatment essentially consists of completely rebuilding all of the torn knee structures.
Sports Gear: Sometimes it’s Worth the Extra Spend, Sometimes it’s Not.
Price is a monetary value assigned to products for sale that most generally is decided by, or at the very minimum discussed with, the marketing department. It is not a reflection of the true quality of a product (or the lack thereof). That being said, a company cannot price products lower than the cost of manufacturing and pushing them through the distribution channel. A higher price can actually equate to higher quality.
Drills, Games, and Problem Solving
My topic for the B.C. Basketball Youth Coaching Summit was games to use for skill development with children. The summit was geared for the coaches of 8-14 year-olds. Fortunately, I have a decent number of games and drills that I use for skill development that I developed or borrowed over the last 15+ years of coaching. However, initially, many of the drills or games that I use today were developed as solutions to problems.
Are Fitness and Fun Important to Your Kid?
All kids will be healthy if Fit2Finish has its way and they’ll have fun doing it. It shouldn’t be a chore or a ‘work’out. We believe in fitness that’s fun for every body, even for elite athletes with performance on their minds. This fall F2F has been on the field with kids from the Vienna Youth Soccer program. All ages. All stages. The youngest is 6 and in first grade. The oldest are playing on very competitive middle and high school travel soccer squads. Fitness has been fun for all of them.