Kids Sports, Inc.

I don't think it was a coincidence that the same week of the Project Play Summit (see my summary here), there was a Time magazine cover story on youth sports.  Sean Gregory does a nice job of covering a wide range of issues relating to "How your child's rec league turned into a $15 billion industry". [...]

Kids Playing Football Same as Letting them Smoke?!?!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-football-concussions-youth-kass-met-0906-20170905-column.html Another columnist highlighting the crisis I have been writing about for about a year now.  Kass' statement that "Putting your kids in football would be akin to giving them cigarettes" is sure to draw some criticism.  I feel like it is a little strong, but need to think about it more. What do you [...]

More Honest Contemplation About the Future of Football

This Washington Post article provides more thoughtful consideration about whether kids should play tackle football. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/ive-loved-the-football-for-years-but-this-nfl-season-is-making-me-queasy/2017/09/07/1e9f3eb0-9417-11e7-89fa-bb822a46da5b_story.html?utm_term=.3ebb51d0b9a0 Brewer is - I think appropriately - critical of the NFL and their role in the future of the sport.  Football is facing a crisis and the leadership at the highest level of the sport doesn't seem to recognize [...]

Project Play 2020 & Future of Youth Sports Coach Training

Today I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Aspen Institute Project Play Summit.  I was interested in their initiatives to improve youth sports (check out the link to read about the Aspen Institute and the great work they are doing), but specifically as their work relates to youth recreational sport coaching.  There was a [...]

George Will on The Fading Pleasure of Football

I have written numerous times here that I believe tackle football is facing a crisis.  Parents are asking themselves whether their son should play football given the risks that are highlighted by the reports about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the news.  I found George Will's column in this weekend's paper.  In the Dayton Daily [...]

90 Flag Football Coaches Trained!

Coaches - mostly 1st timers in the Flag Football Fanatics league - are saying that the latest round of Hustle & Attitude coaching clinics was Very Useful to them. Over the last two weeks, I've held two clinics in each of the Flag Football Fanatics locations:  Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton.  90 coaches attended!  According to [...]

Little League World Series – Still Some Good, But Also Plenty of the Bad and the Ugly

I try not to watch. As I said with in a previous post - I think the Little League World Series is the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  But my son likes to watch, so it was on - the coverage is pervasive across the ESPN networks this time of year. So far, a [...]