Character Building

The Power of the Sports Experience

My story also involves Coach Schloder. With regards to basketball, I started playing in youth rec leagues and was always to the tallest kid...

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...

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,...

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 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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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