Character Building

Psychological Consulting with Varsity Athletes

Several years ago the head coach of a Division-I men’s hockey team contacted me to discuss his concerns about one of his highly recruited players....

Is Your Child Elite?

Do you have a child playing for an “elite” youth sports team? Ever wonder how a team earns the name elite? I do. I...

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,...

Age-Appropriate Play for Ages 19+

Being 19 usually means a child has moved away from home - be it to a home of their own or in the case...

The “Price” of a Scholarship

When we tell our kids they are “on the money” during an athletic competition, it’s about as good a piece of praise as we...

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...

Why Fantasy Sports are Hurting Youth Sports

Fantasy sports. We can’t get away from them. More people are playing fantasy sports today than ever before. Close to 52 million of them,...

Teach Sportsmanship Early

It's the championship game. The top-rated teams are pitted against each other. The spirit of excellence and competition highlight the appeal of the sport....

Playing for Home: Are Club Sports Taking the ‘Team’ Out of Youth Sports?

Having coached for years I have witnessed many noteworthy circumstances involving youth hockey. Leading this list is the emergence of ‘for profit’ hockey programs...

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