Skill Development

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...

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...

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...
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,...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

Why It’s Hard to Say No to Specialization

It comes down to this. A growing number of ten and eleven-year-olds are being told that they must make a choice about their athletic...

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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