Has social media fed our addiction to live vicariously through our kids? When I was growing up the picture of a stage parent belonged to moms and dads of famous singers or actors that everyone knew. There wasn’t so much of a high from someone’s little 4th grader on a soccer field scoring a few… Continue reading Social Media Addiction – Ruining youth sports?
You’ve read the blogs, advice columns, coaching books, and you get it, practice for kids sports need to be fun! But are we even trying to win anymore – are these participation trophies warping our entire concept of competition? If all we’re doing is having a good time, how do we get better? Is it… Continue reading FUN = Distraction or Catalyst?
I distinctly remember sitting in my 6th grade homeroom class as we went around one by one telling our classmates what we want to be when we grow up. I was last so I had a long time to think about it as I listened to the other kids answers. Lots of boys wanted to… Continue reading United Women’s Lacrosse League is Here!
Turning a quitting mentality into greatness: How much of an edge would we have over other teams if our team could bounce back from anything, love learning, always be focused on positivity and building together? The old tough love approach to coaching is at the forefront of our youth participation decline. That drive we have… Continue reading Mistakes Lead to Greatness
We seem to be lacking in appreciation and tolerance skills lately. This isn’t much of a surprise to anyone who has peeked into social media these days. But it has crept beyond politics, beyond arguments in debates and moved full force into our youth sports. Suddenly there are enemies in our programs - parent vs… Continue reading Tolerance and Gratitude for better Programs
A letter to my former self as a new sports parent: One day you’re going to get in the car with your kid’s water bottle that he left at home for the last time, that sour shoulder pads and cleat smell coming from the back seat, and the little chunks of dirt that have been… Continue reading A letter to my former self as a new sports parent:
The Youth Athlete Bailout! Defeating the victim mentality in sports Forget the wall street bailout, the youth athlete bailout is taking over the headlines and our youth sports culture. There are three responsible parties in our programs, the parents, the coaches, and the players; and a parents misaligned role can be a seriously negative contributor… Continue reading The Youth Athlete Bailout
Dear mom and dad Thanks for buying me all that equipment to sign up for lacrosse! That new stick was designed by my favorite player and I want to be just like him. I heard you guys talking last night about how good you think I will be and it made me even more excited to play!… Continue reading Dear Mom and Dad
There are bad coaches out there, there are misguided awful parents, there are disrespectful lazy and/or entitled players- but that's never going to change and they have been around for decades. There's a long discussion that could happen, and is happening, on the fact that it's getting worse and what's causing it. But the bulk… Continue reading Meet in the Middle, salvaging our youth sports experience
70 percent of kids drop out of sports by the age 13...... Dear Coach, Im 11. I love lacrosse. My mom bought me my first stick this year for my birthday, it’s blue – my favorite color. My dad restrung it for me from videos on you tube. It’s perfect. I spend tons of time… Continue reading Dear Coach…