Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?

Sports specialization in youth sports is a hot topic.  I came across an article in USA Today’s High School Sports section highlighting that 30 of the 32 first round picks in the last week’s NFL draft played multiple sports in high school.  While reading the article, there were links to two others on the subject. Continue reading “Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?”

Great Musical Tribute to Coaches

Country singer Kenny Chesney is a big football fan.  You may have seen him hanging with Peyton Manning (see the picture of Manning giving Chesney a Country Music Award last November). And that’s him getting a hug from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the Patriots box during Super Bowl XLI. He reflected his loveContinue reading “Great Musical Tribute to Coaches”

When the Right Strategy is Wrong for Kids

Our friends at GameChanger included an article about a new Little League Baseball rule change in their Season newsletter.  The rule change is related to how intentional walks are handled in Little League.  Specifically, under the new rule, managers will declare they want to intentionally walk the batter and the pitcher will automatically have fourContinue reading “When the Right Strategy is Wrong for Kids”

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”

The Future of Youth Football

I came across an article in the New York Times about USA Football experimenting with what they are calling ‘Modified Tackle’ football for youth.  Then again this morning, Nancy Armour wrote about it in the USA Today.  I think this is a great idea.  I have written extensively about youth football – Hustle & AttitudeContinue reading “The Future of Youth Football”

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”

High schools against pitch counts?

It is hard for me to believe that, in this day and age – with all we know about arm injuries (and admittedly there is still a lot we don’t know), there are youth sports organizations balking at the idea of pitch count restrictions. Particularly given the lack of hard core research, why wouldn’t weContinue reading “High schools against pitch counts?”

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?!?!”