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. … Continue reading Is Your Child Ready for Travel/Select Sports?
Last month I held Hustle & Attitude coaching clinics for the Flag Football Fanatics leagues in the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton areas. This time around, I tried a new software application called Mentimeter. It's a really cool app that allows a presenter/instructor/speaker to ask questions of the audience, poll them for their responses, and have … Continue reading How Do Youth Sports Coaches Define a Successful Season?
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". … Continue reading Kids Sports, Inc.
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 … Continue reading Kids Playing Football Same as Letting them Smoke?!?!
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 … Continue reading More Honest Contemplation About the Future of Football
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 … Continue reading Project Play 2020 & Future of Youth Sports Coach Training
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 … Continue reading George Will on The Fading Pleasure of Football