I came across Jerry Lynch's book Let Them Play while attending the 2017 Aspen Institute Project Play Summit. I can't recall just how I came across it, but it was recommended such that I ordered it as soon as I got home. I just finished it. My bottom line on the book is that is a … Continue reading Let Them Play – a Spiritual Youth Sports Book for Parents
I revisited a tweet from our friends at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and it got my angst up. Back in September, PCA tweeted about being mentioned in a San Diego Times Union Tribune article about 'Old School' coaching. Although the article is about high school coaches, I think there are some aspects that apply to … Continue reading ‘Old School’ Coaching
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?
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
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 … Continue reading 90 Flag Football Coaches Trained!
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 … Continue reading Read The Matheny Manifesto
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. … Continue reading Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?