Youth Sports Blog Roundup for October 16th, 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!

5 Ways to Ensure Your Soccer Team Wins the Game

Once a soccer game begins, many players throw everything that they have learned about soccer out the window.  With the pace and intensity in a game, who can remember when they shouldn’t pass backwards, or how to focus on a defender when they are sprinting at you?  When a game is progressing at full speed, many players just let their instincts take over and guide them.

Top Ten Spectacular Ways Parents and Coaches Can Make Kids Quit Soccer

1. Lose your Perspective. Stand on the sidelines and complain about the coach. Plot ways to get your kid onto the best team. If it doesn’t go your way, change teams. Blame it on the coach. Call every coach you know proclaiming your player’s greatness and setting up the next three years of his life.

Should Youth Athletes Strength Train?

Is strength training safe for younger athletes? Is it effective? Will it help or harm your child? Young athletes can benefit from proper programming and technique, but safety must be their main concern.

How to Motivate Your Child out of a Slump

Itʼs not fun to watch your son struggle, fail, and suffer discouragement. If youʼre like me, you want to figure out how to make it better right away. Like putting a Band-Aid on a scrape, we want to find an emotional Band-Aid that covers up the ugly stuff.

Fitness Is the Way to Life

Children can start weight training at any age as long as there is proper supervision, the youth has been educated in the proper technique, and the equipment being used is adaptable to their size and shape

OBNOXIOUS SPORTS PARENTS: New Study Reveals Just Pervasive the Problem Continues to Be

In a national survey released on September 18, Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports provides yet more disturbing news about adults’ behavior at children’s games. Forty percent of the youth coaches surveyed said that they have experienced parents yelling negatively at other children. Fifty-five percent of the coaches said that they have experienced parents yelling negatively at their own children. Forty-four percent said that they have experienced parents yelling negatively at officials, and 39% said that they have experienced parents yelling at them.