Youth Sports Blog Roundup for September 18th, 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

Run hard – Soccer is a game based around running.  The average professional player runs well over 5 miles per game, and you need to make sure that you are in the best physical shape possible.  Giving your all also means that you have that extra push to make a play late in the game when other players have grown tired. 

When more turn up for training than you expect

We were training indoors for a quick passing session and I had created a plan accordingly. However, with a bit of clever tweaking, I was soon able to put the session into shape to accommodate the increased numbers. The indoor arena was probably only big enough to hold 12 players comfortably but the extra players meant I could go for a session about winning the ball and keeping it in crowded areas of the pitch.

Can a happier, healthier football team win in the NFL?

When Pete Carroll left the USC Trojans to become the Seahawks head coach three years ago, he implemented a philosophy within the organization radically different from most professional sports teams. As described by Alyssa Roenigk in a recent article in ESPN the Magazine, Carroll has gone to extraordinary lengths to create a culture of happiness and wellbeing for his players.             

Softball in the Olympics

Jennie Finch, who has undoubtedly changed the face of softball FOREVER (WE LOVE YOU JENNIE FINCH), is now hoping to use her prowess (and beauty and talent) to hopefully convince the International Olympic Committee to get softball back in the Olympics.  The IOC, who has forever come across an elusive and quite snobby group (with a very difficult email address to find)  is just days away from voting whether the combined baseball/softball card (Yes, they are a combined ticket) will be pushed through for the 2020 Olympics.  Going up against sports such as wrestling and squash (no that is NOT just a vegetable) it seems like an easy win. But skeptics, and those close to the sport say it won’t be a cakewalk.

Should Youth Athletes Strength Train?

With appropriately designed and supervised strength training programs, there have been hardly any reported cases of fractures or growth plate injuries. The few cases that have been reported resulted from unqualified supervision and improper training.[1] Those two factors can contribute to injury at any time—not just during strength training. In fact, growth plates in prepubescent children are strong and resistant to shearing forces, one of the main causes of injury in the weight room.

Lessons in Coaching

I’m always thinking about training and coaching. When I was a little kid, my coaches always described me as a gym rat because I loved spending time in the gym and getting better. Now as a performance coach, it’s not uncommon for me to go home (or in my office) after a training session and make notes of what went well during a workout, as well as what we need to improve upon going forward.