Youth Sports Blog Roundup for October 17th, 2012


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!

What does true victory look like?

Sometimes the best-won victories are not reflected on the score board.

I saw this very clearly when my daughter was a senior in high school.  She was fighting to keep her position as libero on the varsity volleyball team. When her coach informed her at the beginning of the season that he was trying someone else at libero in the next game, she was devastated.

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Is it okay for your child to quit mid-season?

If you would have asked me that question a couple of years ago, I would have said NO.

“Merediths don’t quit,” we preached to our kids. “You finish the season and then if you don’t want to play next season, you don’t have to.”

But there is one thing I’ve learned after 25 years of parenting: there usually comes a time when the rules can and should be broken.

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Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard

A lot of kids think that you have to have extraordinary talent to get to the top of the sports world.  Well you might be surprised by expert strength conditioning coach, Kurt Hester’s belief that hard work beats talent, when that talent doesn’t work hard.

Kurt grew up in South Louisiana and learned a very young age that he would have to work to help his family out financially. Here is his inspiring story…

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Sport Coaching Leadership Part 1

It certainly gains lots of national attention when a large number of elite speed skaters, including Olympic medalists, come together to officially complain about the coaching style of a national-level coach. The athletes claim that coach Jae Su Chun and his two primary assistants repeatedly routinely insulted and humiliated them.  While the coaches were able to achieve international results, the athletes have had enough of this behavior.

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Stingers: A Common Injury in Football

A stinger, also called a burner depending on who you ask, is the nickname given to a common nerve injury of the neck and shoulder seen in contact sports, especially football. It almost always occurs during tackling, when the tackler get his shoulder forced one way while his head and neck the other. This stretches the nerve bundle, known as the brachial plexus, which runs from the neck into the shoulder and down the arm, briefly stunning the nerves.

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Youth athletes, pushy parents and teaching sportsmanship.

Connie Carpenter-Phinney won gold in cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and this year is attending the London Games to watch her son, Taylor Phinney, compete in that same sport. Taylor, 22, came in fourth in both his races at this Olympics–or, as his mom put it, he beat all but three competitors.

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