‘Old School’ Coaching

I revisited a tweet from our friends at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and it got my angst up.  Back in September, PCA tweeted about being mentioned in a San Diego Times Union Tribune article about 'Old School' coaching.  Although the article is about high school coaches, I think there are some aspects that apply to [...]

Praising Young Athletes – It’s About the Effort

I recently read good advice on the do's and don'ts of praising children in the Dayton Daily News.  Dr. Greg Ramey, the executive director of Dayton Children's Hospital's Pediatric Center for Mental Health Resources, offers six tips to be mindful of when praising children.  Youth sports coaches would be wise to keep these in mind [...]

I LOVE the idea of Rookie Tackle Football

I find the description of  a new version of youth tackle football - Rookie Tackle - outlined in a recent Washington Post article very encouraging.  This version sponsored by USA Football provides a developmental path to full 11-on-11 tackle football on a 100-yard field that is similar to the path for youth baseball (i.e. T-ball [...]

Junior Baseball Magazine; a Nice Resource with a Bad Cover Story

While looking for another book last weekend, I came across Junior Baseball magazine.  I didn't realize there was such a thing, so of course I bought it.  My impression is that it is a nice resource for youth baseball players and parents.  However, the cover story for the current issue gives me pause.First, the nice [...]

Youth Parent Goal for Kids; Joy or Victory?

I came across a well-written post on the Independent Coach Education blog that asks youth sports parents what are the goals for their children who participate in youth sports. The authors ask if there is a choice besides pursuing either the performance agenda or the participation agenda.  I think they nail the concern with respect [...]

Are Youth Football Groups Doing Enough to Protect Kids From Injury? – InsideSources

Interesting piece from Thayne Munce about youth football. http://www.insidesources.com/youth-football-groups-enough-protect-kids-injury/  He asserts that youth football is doing enough when it comes to safety.  He cites the NFL's Heads Up program as evidence.  I think he's 1/3 right.  When it comes to making football safer; there arre three areas of focus: Training of players & coaches in [...]

Is Your Child Ready for Travel/Select Sports?

The good people at League Network offered four criteria for parents to evaluate in determining if their child is ready for travel/select sports.  Although the Hustle & Attitude philosophy is geared towards recreational sports, there is often a progression from recreational teams to travel / select teams and opportunity for overlap in the coaching philosophies.  [...]