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The Poisonous Culture of Youth Sports

The Poisonous Culture of Youth Sports

     Two articles came out this week that really go after the poisonous culture that has evolved in youth sports. The focus of both is how the youth sports have become controlled by adults and how this is causing The Race to Nowhere as coined by one of the authors, John O’Sullivan. The added pressures, [...]

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4 Must Haves for Coaches

4 Must Haves for Coaches

I originally posted this article on the SportsFitness Network site a few months ago. Many articles have been written about the importance of coaches reaching out and communicating with the parents. A pre-season meeting is now the norm as well as the use of social media and other technologies to keep parents posted of any [...]

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Best Ever Message for Parents of Youth Sports

Best Ever Message for Parents of Youth Sports

We recently came across a wonderful video talk from John O’Sullivan at last year’s TEDxBend. The message that John discusses is the pressure that drives kids away from sports. In particular John shares an outstanding phrase that parents should use with their children. Simply telling them, “I love watching you play” takes a lot of [...]

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Helping Parents Gain Perspective

Helping Parents Gain Perspective

There is a wonderful article making it’s way around the blogosphere by Dr. Louis Profeta about helping parents gain a more sane approach to youth sports. If you haven’t read it yet, Kudda highly recommends it as it helps to point out some common occurrences of parents having their priorities skewed. I loved the reasoning [...]

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Spending Money on Youth Sports

Spending Money on Youth Sports

     Recommend all parents and coaches read the article by Mark Koba on the sports tourism industry. In the last few years, we have seen a huge increase in the building of sports complexes across the country catering to hosting youth tournaments. This was evident at this past weekend’s 2014 US Lacrosse Convention, where many [...]

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Improving Parent-Coach Communication

Improving Parent-Coach Communication

In the latest issue of Coach and Athletic Director there was a great timely article on the importance of Parent-Coach Communication. It discussed 8 tips coaches should utilize to improve relations with parents. One of the main ideas was to develop a plan in anticipation of issues that will happen. Prepare for those scenarios where [...]

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Parents Expectations of the Coach

Parents Expectations of the Coach

A recent article focused on the expectations parents have for the coaches of their children.  Focus was placed on certain habits and methods that coaches should take to ensure a smooth relationship with the parents. Areas such as communication style, experience and handling discipline issues were emphasized. Warning signs and common mistakes were also discussed. [...]

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Comparing Coaches’ and Parents’ Views on Sports

In a recent study conducted by Liberty Mutual, they found a huge discrepancy between what coaches and parents view as priorities in sports. Some of the findings also reveal the fact that what parents say about one area contradicts their feelings in other areas. For example, although they want a coach who is caring over [...]

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