Youth Parent Goal for Kids; Joy or Victory?

I came across a well-written post on the Independent Coach Education blog that asks youth sports parents what are the goals for their children who participate in youth sports. The authors ask if there is a choice besides pursuing either the performance agenda or the participation agenda.  I think they nail the concern with respectContinue reading “Youth Parent Goal for Kids; Joy or Victory?”

Are Youth Football Groups Doing Enough to Protect Kids From Injury? – InsideSources

Interesting piece from Thayne Munce about youth football. http://www.insidesources.com/youth-football-groups-enough-protect-kids-injury/  He asserts that youth football is doing enough when it comes to safety.  He cites the NFL’s Heads Up program as evidence.  I think he’s 1/3 right.  When it comes to making football safer; there arre three areas of focus: Training of players & coaches inContinue reading “Are Youth Football Groups Doing Enough to Protect Kids From Injury? – InsideSources”

Is Your Child Ready for Travel/Select Sports?

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?”

How Do Youth Sports Coaches Define a Successful Season?

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 haveContinue reading “How Do Youth Sports Coaches Define a Successful Season?”

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”.Continue reading “Kids Sports, Inc.”

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 youContinue reading “Kids Playing Football Same as Letting them Smoke?!?!”

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 recognizeContinue reading “More Honest Contemplation About the Future of Football”

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 aContinue reading “Project Play 2020 & Future of Youth Sports Coach Training”

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 DailyContinue reading “George Will on The Fading Pleasure of Football”

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 toContinue reading “90 Flag Football Coaches Trained!”