My dad bought me a book about preparing high school athletes for success. The book is called 6 Steps to Success for High School Student-Athletes and is written by Alonzo Barkley. Barkley is a former college and professional basketball player that now coaches high school in Alabama. Although my focus is on youth recreational sports [...]
I just came across this article from the New York Daily News where the author suggests that children should wait until high school to play tackle football. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/gastineau-defend-football-sport-isn-safe-kids-article-1.2951622?cid=bitly The article references a couple of recent events - Bo Jackson saying he wouldn't have played football if he knew about CTE and Mark Gastineau's revelation that [...]
Check out this post from the good folks at GameChanger with a Blueprint for day one of practice. Although the author is speaking specifically about baseball practice, there is good advice here for all sports. I really like the recommendation to have one-on-one time with each child. Get to know them as early as possible. [...]
Good words from Joe Ehrmann via the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). http://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/video/playing-time-dilemma-should-every-kid-play?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#106811207-tw#1483884148477 The Hustle & Attitude philosophy answers the questions he poses. Every child plays; they play equal amounts; and they get to try every position.