Youth Sports Blog Roundup for October 31st, 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!

How “Clean” Were The London Olympics And What Does It Mean For Middle-Schoolers?

Organizers at the recently concluded summer Olympics in London took an aggressive stance towards identifying and imposing sanctions on anyone testing positive for banned or performance-enhancing substances.  According to Reuters, intelligence gathered from everyone from Olympic village cleaning staff to customs officials at Britain’s border controls helped authorities target drug testing before and during the Games at the right countries, sports and athletes.

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A Teachable Moment

One thing that kinda sucks about being a parent is that our kids don’t come with customized instruction manuals. We do what we think is right. We do what we think is best for them. But we can never be 100% certain. Sometimes the things we do work. Sometimes they don’t.

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Youth Sports: Preventing Sexual Abuse

The best thing that you can do as a youth sports parent is to make your kid feel comfortable talking to you about anything. The second best thing to do is ask questions and listen attentively to what is said and perhaps not said.

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Ronald Rouse’s death an important reminder for young athletes

To his teammates, Ronald Rouse was known as “the big guy with the big heart.” On Friday night, his big heart killed him.

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Softball – Is Your Daughter Ready for the Next Level?

How do you know if your softball player is ready to play at the next level? Ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is your young softball player always making the All Star team?  
  • Does she seem bored playing softball with her recreational team because her talent level is way above theirs?  

If you answered yes to either question, don’t worry, there are options.

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Dr. Robert Cantu speaks out about concussions in youth sports

Dr. Robert Cantu is one of the world’s foremost authorities on concussions and brain trauma in sports, with a lengthy resume.  He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where he pitched on the baseball team, and then his medical degree at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco.  Currently, he is the chief of neurosurgery as well as the director of the Service of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass.  He is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University, which is investigating the link between concussions and progressive brain disease.  He consults with numerous NFL, NHL, and NBA teams.

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