Working with Youth Sports Parents – It’s All About Expectation Management

One of the first things a youth recreational sports coach needs to do each season is make contact with the parents of the children on their team. In addition to easing parents’ anxiety, this is a great opportunity for the coach to set expectations for the season. Doing so can go a long way towardsContinue reading “Working with Youth Sports Parents – It’s All About Expectation Management”

COVID-19 Upside? Pushing the Reset Button on Youth Sports

I read a good article about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the grassroots hockey experience in The Hockey News. Unfortunately, the article is only available to subscribers. The author, Ken Campbell, offers tips on ‘Making the Best of a Bad Year’ (the article’s title). I think his recommendations work for all youth sports,Continue reading “COVID-19 Upside? Pushing the Reset Button on Youth Sports”

Wearing Two Hats – Coaching Your Own Kid

I recently finished a really good book by Gordon Maclelland of the Working With Parents in Sports organization. The book, Two Hats, is a guide for coaching your own children – that is, wearing two hats: parent and coach. It’s a quick read (only 180 small pages with good sized font) that has much goodContinue reading “Wearing Two Hats – Coaching Your Own Kid”