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 … Continue reading Are Youth Football Groups Doing Enough to Protect Kids From Injury? – InsideSources
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. … Continue reading Is Your Child Ready for Travel/Select Sports?
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?
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". … Continue reading Kids Sports, Inc.
I have written numerous times here that I believe tackle football is facing a crisis. Parents are asking themselves whether their son should play football given the risks that are highlighted by the reports about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the news. I found George Will's column in this weekend's paper. In the Dayton Daily … Continue reading George Will on The Fading Pleasure of Football
In the post on the Positive Coaching Alliance blog, former MLB pitcher and current pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies, Steve Foster, provides a solid answer. http://positivecoach.org/the-pca-blog/the-heart-of-the-child-is-the-point/ I appreciate his point that youth coaches can be a stepping stone or a stumbling block towards a child developing a love for the sport. More to come … Continue reading Why Coach Youth Sports?
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