Read The Matheny Manifesto

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 [...]

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 to [...]

Nolan Harrison, entitlement, & participation trophies

Recently, Nolan Harrison caused a stir when he posted that he was returning the trophies that his sons earned for participation in youth sports.  Harrison's point that his sons should earn trophies brings to light the question of 'participation trophies'. Participation trophies are a common experience in youth recreational sports where every child that is [...]