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

Why Coach Youth Sports?

In the post on the Positive Coaching Alliance blog, former MLB pitcher and current pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies, Steve Foster, provides a solid answer. http://positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/the-heart-of-the-child-is-the-point/ I appreciate his point that youth coaches can be a stepping stone or a stumbling block towards a child developing a love for the sport. More to comeContinue reading “Why Coach Youth Sports?”

Most Comprehensive Study to Date on NFL Players and CTE

Bleacher Report article indicating high number of former NFL, college, and even high school football players whose brains were found to have CTE; http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723657-cte-discovered-in-more-than-99-percent-of-deceased-nfl-players-brains-in-study We obviously need to study this more to understand the risks to football players of all ages.

Chris Lillstrung: High school sports community deserves mandated part of summer off

http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20170704/chris-lillstrung-high-school-sports-community-deserves-mandated-part-of-summer-off I whole-heartedly agree – for me, the key reason is for families to have time to be families.  Now, this is mostly a school sport issue and not specifically a youth recreational sports one, but they’re related. For too many young people and their families, a summer trip – historically an annual family affairContinue reading “Chris Lillstrung: High school sports community deserves mandated part of summer off”

Drew Brees wants to “save the game of football” with flag football

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/06/28/drew-brees-wants-to-save-the-game-of-football-with-flag-football/ Interesting article from NBC sports.  Brees’ comments are in line with what I have been saying for a while now: Tackle football is facing a crisis and might need ‘saving’ (and I think it is worth saving, by the way)  Many current and former players have said they wouldn’t let their kids play tackleContinue reading “Drew Brees wants to “save the game of football” with flag football”

Read The Matheny Manifesto

Mike Matheny’s book is the best book I’ve ever read on youth sports. Matheny is the current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and a retired catcher who played 13 seasons for four teams, winning four Gold Glove awards for his defensive prowess behind the plate.  He replaced legendary manager Tony LaRussa in 2012 andContinue reading “Read The Matheny Manifesto”

Another NFL Great Recommends Kids Don’t Play Tackle Football Before Junior High School

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 strugglesContinue reading “Another NFL Great Recommends Kids Don’t Play Tackle Football Before Junior High School”

7 Reasons Why All Youth League Coaches Should Undergo Training | League Network

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.