Youth Sports Blog Roundup for November 20th, 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!

Coaching Parents: Part 2

Parental attitudes often funnel down to their kids even on the field. We recently shared a previous blog post on how coaches can teach parents to be “good baseball parents”. Read these additional nuggets of advice on the idea of how to coach team parents.

Teach Good Sportsmanship to Kids

Losing a game can be a difficult, frustrating experience for a young child. It can turn a previously enjoyable experience into a discouraging disappointment, making them not want to play again. Learning to cope with disappointment is a valuable life lesson, and developing good sportsmanship is an important part of a child’s maturation. In order to help your young ‘un lose with grace and composure, we recommend you try the following ideas.


Despite any previous denials I may have made in the past, I apparently am a soccer mom.  My middle son has been playing soccer for almost 10 years, while the little guy is just finishing his third year of play with Albany Youth Soccer.  We’ve all made some friends over the years and I’ve been impressed with the growth I have witnessed, both on and off, the field.

Bonding Over Sports: A Guide for Moms and Dads

Athletics help tie together friends and family members, and especially parents and their kids. Sports can help strengthen relationships for single parents who struggle to maintain strong bonds with their children in the aftermath of divorce or separation. Here are some tips for connecting with your kids through sports.

Sportsmanship and lopsided scores

I was the play-by-play announcer in one very lopsided football game this year. Kimberly is one of the best football teams in the state. D.C. Everest was not as good as they’ve been in past years. Trust me, I was there; Kimberly could have scored 100-points if they wanted to. They scored every time they had the ball in the first half, and led 42-8 at halftime.

The hardest thing for Youth Sports parents to do: Shut up…

I have to be honest.. I was “that guy”..  I was the one on the sideline my son’s first year of football.  I would engage the other crowd, agree with our crazy out of control coach, that the official sucked and we should beat him down. If the other team would run up the score on our undermanned and undersized bunch, I would yell at the other coaches.  During practice when I wasn’t happy with my son’s effort or he was being a bit “wimpy”, I would let him know out loud in front of the other kids.