1st Time Flag Football Coaches Found My Clinic Very Useful

Last month I held six clinics for Flag Football Fanatics coaches in the Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati areas.  46 coaches participated in the clinics covering all aspects of coaching in the Flag Football Fanatics league. I sent a survey to the coaches that participated.  78% of those responding to the survey indicated the material wasContinue reading “1st Time Flag Football Coaches Found My Clinic Very Useful”

Miller Time! Excellent Book about Great Coaching Family

While on a campus visit with my son to the University of Dayton in January, I came across a book titled Miller Time – Coach John Miller’s Story.  I was drawn to the title recognizing that Archie Miller is the head coach of the University of Dayton men’s basketball team and his brother Sean MillerContinue reading “Miller Time! Excellent Book about Great Coaching Family”

6 Steps to Success for High School Student Athletes

My dad bought me a book about preparing high school athletes for success.  The book is called 6 Steps to Success for High School Student-Athletes and is written by Alonzo Barkley.  Barkley is a former college and professional basketball player that now coaches high school in Alabama. Although my focus is on youth recreational sportsContinue reading “6 Steps to Success for High School Student Athletes”

Youth Sports as a Means to Teach Life Lessons

This morning my wife shared a Facebook post from a friend about a high school football coach that suspended his entire team because of rampant bullying (here’s the link to the story on Huffington Post).  I thought:  wow, what a courageous stand by the coach.  Suspend the entire team?!  I would think this kind of actionContinue reading “Youth Sports as a Means to Teach Life Lessons”

Power of Positive Coaching

Check out this article from a great organization:  The Power of Positive by Jim Thompson, the Founder and CEO of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). Hustle & Attitude coaches recognize that keeping kids “in the moment” is one of the attitudes that we strive to attain in the athletes and emphasize in our coaching.  WhenContinue reading “Power of Positive Coaching”

Do Away With the Mercy Rule?!?!

I read Jake Karton’s post on the National Association of Youth Sports website where he advocates for doing away with the mercy rule in youth sports.  I was caught off guard that anyone would advocate for doing away with the mercy rule.  A Google search of ‘mercy rule’ actually comes up with a mix of positionsContinue reading “Do Away With the Mercy Rule?!?!”

More on Participation Trophies (my Dad & the PCA)

I’ve written about my thoughts on participation trophies before.  Since then, I’ve come across a couple of dissenting opinions.  One was from my own father and the other was from a recent Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) post. My dad was my coach for many of my youth recreational sports.  When I introduced this blog toContinue reading “More on Participation Trophies (my Dad & the PCA)”

Parents Should Skip Their Kids’ Games?!?!

I came across a tweet this morning from a colleague I respect, Dan Ward (@theDanWard), where he was linking to a video by another Dan I respect, Dan Pink (@DanielPink), that originally aired on PBS.  The video is titled “Why You Should Always Skip Your Kids’ Baseball Games”.  Interesting idea, huh.  Pink’s opening statement thatContinue reading “Parents Should Skip Their Kids’ Games?!?!”

National Standards for Youth Sports

Today I came across a youth recreational basketball league that required parents to read the National Standards for Youth Sports as part of signing their child up for the league.  I was a little embarrassed with myself that I was not familiar with these national standards.  What kind of youth recreational sports enthusiast am I,Continue reading “National Standards for Youth Sports”