The APA on Youth Tackle Football & “Hit Counts”

When I started this blog, I didn’t think the majority of my posts would be about youth tackle football, but this is a vital topic of conversation in youth recreational sports.  My last post mentioned the National Association of Youth Sports.  Another organization I follow on Twitter is The Aspen Sports Institute (@AspenInstSports) because theyContinue reading “The APA on Youth Tackle Football & “Hit Counts””

National Standards for Youth Sports

Today I came across a youth recreational basketball league that required parents to read the National Standards for Youth Sports as part of signing their child up for the league.  I was a little embarrassed with myself that I was not familiar with these national standards.  What kind of youth recreational sports enthusiast am I,Continue reading “National Standards for Youth Sports”

The Tragedy of Evan Murray; More on Youth Football

Charles Pierce has a stunning piece on Grantland about the death of Evan Murray.  His commentary about how “Evan is dead because he played American football” is an in your face, blunt and frank assessment of the state of high school football in America.  His suggestion that nobody should play football until they are atContinue reading “The Tragedy of Evan Murray; More on Youth Football”

PTI and Youth Sports

Most of my posts (that is to say the other three) are researched and put together over several days, but I am reacting to yesterday evening’s edition of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (PTI).  I really enjoy watching Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser’s witty banter and reasoned discussion of the issues of the day in sports.Continue reading “PTI and Youth Sports”

Should My Son Play Youth Tackle Football?

I love football. I know love is a strong word.  My wife tells my kids and I to think about that when for instance, one of my boys says he loves pizza; “we love each other”, she says…we just really like other things like pizza and football. But, you know, I think I really do loveContinue reading “Should My Son Play Youth Tackle Football?”

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 isContinue reading “Nolan Harrison, entitlement, & participation trophies”

The Little League World Series: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Every year I both look forward to and dread watching ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series.  I look forward to it because there is a lot of good in Little League baseball.  I dread it because there are things that are not in line with my Hustle & Attitude philosophy.  And, don’t getContinue reading “The Little League World Series: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly”