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  • The Good News About the New USA Basketball Guidelines

    USA basketball and the NBA made great strides this past week as they released the first-ever youth basketball guidelines aimed at improving the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, with a specific emphasis on promoting player health and wellness. The main highlights of the new guidelines are:...
  • So You Think You Can Dance?

    Why Dance Should Not Be Judged

    Competition for our youth has become such a complicated ideology.  Our kids today compete in and for everything.  They compete for grades in school.  They compete for spots on the soccer team, hockey team, gymnastics team, probably even Russian math team.  Sometimes they even compete for friends and to...
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    Grateful to the Game

    As a fourteen-year-old tournament tennis player, I came to two realizations as I competed on the summer junior circuit way back in 1981. First, my groundstrokes were all wrong.  Not metaphorically, but literally: wrong grip, wrong swing, wrong footwork, wrong everything for the new game of graphite racquets, topspin...
  • How One Coach Reversed a Losing Streak

    How One Coach Reversed a Losing Streak

    I felt like a kid. In hindsight, I guess I was. But as a 17 year old senior in high school accepted into college, what growing up is there left to do? The walk that day to the rink was like any other. The February wind was sharp and...
  • Confidence Is a Mindset

    Confidence Is a Mindset

    I have been the lucky recipient of confidence from my years of playing sports.  My initial journey into sports started as more of a follower who was intrigued by learning new things.  I tried many different sports growing up: equestrian, cross country, volleyball, track, field hockey, skiing, figure skating,...
  • The Right Age to Specialize

    The Right Age to Specialize

    Practice makes perfect.  Much of our culture has been driven by this proverb for centuries.  And to no surprise, this message courses strongly through the veins of youth sports.  If our children practice their sport of choice every day, they will likely improve their skills and become better players. ...
  • When Sport Specialization Makes Sense

    When Sport Specialization Makes Sense

    Is there ever a time when specialization makes sense? As parents, we might have children who enjoy playing a sport so much that it’s what they want to do all the time. All their best friends play, the exercise is fabulous, and the fun appears to be there consistently....
  • Playing Up: Weighing the Pros and Cons

    Playing Up: Weighing the Pros and Cons

    Your daughter just turned eight. She’s been playing soccer for a year now and every time she plays, she is the best player on the field. The U11 coach suggests that she moves up to play for her team. Your son is a very tall and strong 12-year-old boy...
  • Why Coaches Prefer Multi-Sport Athletes

    Why Coaches Prefer Multi-Sport Athletes

    Many Olympic development programs have moved away from early specialization and are looking to diversify the athletic experiences of their youth. Some researchers speak of the value of multiple sports training to avoid overuse injury. Multiple sport training helps to strengthen the athletic range and capacities of our youth,...
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