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 have [...]

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 a [...]

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 to [...]

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 and [...]

Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?

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.  [...]

Great Musical Tribute to Coaches

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 [...]

When the Right Strategy is Wrong for Kids

Our friends at GameChanger included an article about a new Little League Baseball rule change in their Season newsletter.  The rule change is related to how intentional walks are handled in Little League.  Specifically, under the new rule, managers will declare they want to intentionally walk the batter and the pitcher will automatically have four [...]