I LOVE the idea of Rookie Tackle Football

I find the description of  a new version of youth tackle football - Rookie Tackle - outlined in a recent Washington Post article very encouraging.  This version sponsored by USA Football provides a developmental path to full 11-on-11 tackle football on a 100-yard field that is similar to the path for youth baseball (i.e. T-ball [...]

Junior Baseball Magazine; a Nice Resource with a Bad Cover Story

While looking for another book last weekend, I came across Junior Baseball magazine.  I didn't realize there was such a thing, so of course I bought it.  My impression is that it is a nice resource for youth baseball players and parents.  However, the cover story for the current issue gives me pause.First, the nice [...]

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 respect [...]

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 in [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

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". [...]