Long-Distance Parental Support

If your child is passionate about playing sports competitively, it stands to reason that you’re passionate about the same sport. Bumper stickers, yard signs,...

When You’re Afraid Your Child Won’t Make the Team

Question: My son, age 10, really enjoys playing baseball -- he's great at seeing the whole field, knowing where the play is, and encouraging his...

Approach the Coach

If you’re the parent of a young athlete, you’ve no doubt felt the need to approach the coach at one point or another. Whether...

Fear Trumps Ambition

Saying no is hard to do, especially when it comes to our kids. And when our kids are offered opportunities to play on multiple...

Getting Cut from the Team

“Cut from the team.” It’s hard to hear no matter what your age. The idea of being cut, or not making a team is...

Why Kids are Addicted to Bottle Flipping

The craze of bottle flipping is sweeping the nation. Much to the chagrin and aggravation of parents everywhere, kids are flipping half-filled plastic water bottles...

Specialization vs. Multiple Sports: Does it Really Help Your Kid Get Into College?

It may seem far away, but it’s closer than you think. For many families, youth sports lead to the ultimate goal of playing collegiate...

The “24 Hour Rule” is Hard To Do

Often when I speak to parents about giving feedback to their child-athletes, I recommend that they wait 24 hours before saying anything about the...

You Can’t Hit if You Don’t Swing

I don’t normally attend my son’s baseball games. There’s a reason why. But this year my husband’s coaching my daughter's softball team, so I’m...

Locker Room Antics

Boys’ locker rooms can be wonderful places. Many kids find a highlight of their hockey team experience is the bonding that goes in the...

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