Skill Development

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. ...

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...

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...
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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

When to Avoid Over-Training

Have you ever sat down with your children and mapped out their athletic schedule? Take out your calendar and write out how many times...

From Star Player to Slump: The Challenge of D-1 Play

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....

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