In this piece from the Orlando Sentinel, George Diaz quotes former Miami Dolphin great Larry Csonka as saying "Kids shouldn't play tackle football until junior high..." and cites lack of qualified coaches and proper equipment as reasons. The link includes a video of Nick Buoniconti's son (Buoniconti is another Dolphin legend) talking about the struggles [...]
http://www.leaguenetwork.com/7-reasons-why-all-youth-league-coaches-should-undergo-training/ These are all good reasons for Hustle & Attitude coaching clinics. I particularly like #7 - youth sports are supposed to be about providing positive experiences for children.
http://positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/coaches-level-up-with-your-players/ Another good article from the good folks at the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). I think these recommendations are fantastic. I have been sharing the 'get down on their level physically' in my clinics. I'm not sure about the recommendation to hold their heads, though. I would be careful about that one. I'd also add [...]
Sports specialization in youth sports is a hot topic. I came across an article in USA Today's High School Sports section highlighting that 30 of the 32 first round picks in the last week's NFL draft played multiple sports in high school. While reading the article, there were links to two others on the subject. [...]
Country singer Kenny Chesney is a big football fan. You may have seen him hanging with Peyton Manning (see the picture of Manning giving Chesney a Country Music Award last November). And that's him getting a hug from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the Patriots box during Super Bowl XLI. He reflected his love [...]